WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ac•count /əˈkaʊnt/USA pronunciation n. 
  1. [countable] a description of events or situations:an eyewitness account.
  2. Business[countable] an amount of money deposited with a bank: a savings account.
  3. Business[countable] a statement or record of financial transactions:The accounts show us to be in trouble.
  4. Business[countable] a formal record of how much is owed to a particular person, business, etc:He hasn't settled his account yet.
  5. Business[uncountable] a business relation in which credit is used:He bought the clothes on account.

v. [+ for + object]
  • to give an explanation for:Can you account for your fingerprints on the gun?
  • to be the cause or source of: The New York market accounts for a lot of our sales.
  • idiom
      call to account, [ call + obj + to + ~]
      • to hold accountable; blame.
      • to ask for an explanation of.
    1. Idioms hold to account, [ hold + obj + to + ~] to consider responsible and answerable:held the treasurer to account for the loss.
    2. Idioms on account of, because of: The game was postponed on account of rain.
    3. Idioms on no account, absolutely not:On no account should you hesitate to call on us.
    4. Idioms on someone's account, for the sake of someone:Don't do it on my account.
    5. take account of, [ + obj] to consider; make allowance for:took account of the chance of rain.
    6. take into account, to take into consideration: [ take + into + ~ + obj]:didn't take into account the cost of the project.[ take + obj + into + ~]:took it into account.

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    account /əˈkaʊnt/ n
    1. a verbal or written report, description, or narration of some occurrence, event, etc
    2. an explanation of conduct, esp one made to someone in authority
    3. ground; basis; consideration (often in the phrases on this (that, every, no, etc) account, on account of)
    4. importance, consequence, or value: of little account
    5. assessment; judgment
    6. profit or advantage: to turn an idea to account
    7. part or behalf (only in the phrase on one's or someone's account)
    8. a business relationship between a bank, department store, stockbroker, etc, and a depositor, customer, or client permitting the latter certain banking or credit services
    9. the sum of money deposited at a bank
    10. the amount of credit available to the holder of an account
    11. a record of these
    12. a statement of monetary transactions with the resulting balance
    13. a regular client or customer, esp a firm that purchases commodities on credit
    14. an area of business assigned to another: they transferred their publicity account to a new agent
    15. call to account, bring to accountto insist on explanation
    16. to rebuke; reprimand
    17. to hold responsible
    18. give a bad account of oneselfto perform badly: he gave a bad account of himself in the examination
    19. give a good account of oneselfto perform well
    20. on accounton credit
    21. Also: to account as partial payment
    22. on account of ⇒ (preposition) because of; by reason of
    23. take account of, take into accountto take into consideration; allow for
    24. settle accounts with, square accounts withto pay or receive a balance due
    25. to get revenge on (someone)
    26. See bank account, credit account
    1. (transitive) to consider or reckon: he accounts himself poor
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French acont, from conter, compter to count1

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