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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ac•count /əˈkaʊnt/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a description of events or situations[countable]an eyewitness account.
  2. Business[countable] an amount of money deposited with a bank: a savings account.
  3. Business a statement or record of financial transactions[countable]The accounts show us to be in trouble.
  4. Business a formal record of how much is owed to a particular person, business, etc[countable]He hasn't settled his account yet.
  5. Business a business relation in which credit is used[uncountable]He bought the clothes on account.

v. [+ for + object]
  1. to give an explanation for:Can you account for your fingerprints on the gun?
  2. to be the cause or source of: The New York market accounts for a lot of our sales.
    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.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ac•count  (ə kount), 
  1. an oral or written description of particular events or situations;
    narrative:an account of the meetings; an account of the trip.
  2. an explanatory statement of conduct, as to a superior.
  3. a statement of reasons, causes, etc., explaining some event.
  4. reason;
    basis:On this account I'm refusing your offer.
  5. importance; worth;
    consequence:things of no account.
  6. estimation;
    judgment:In his account it was an excellent piece of work.
  7. Businessan amount of money deposited with a bank, as in a checking or savings account:My account is now with Third National.
  8. BusinessAlso called charge account. an accommodation or service extended by a business to a customer or client permitting the charging of goods or services, the returning for credit of unsatisfactory merchandise, etc.:Do you have an account at this store? My account with the restaurant is past due.
  9. Businessa statement of financial transactions.
  10. [Bookkeeping.]
      • a formal record of the debits and credits relating to the person, business, etc., named at the head of the ledger account.
      • a balance of a specified period's receipts and expenditures.
      • a business relation in which credit is used.
      • any customer or client, esp. one carried on a regular credit basis.
      • Also called advertising account. the business assigned to an advertising agency by a client:The toothpaste account was awarded to a new agency last year.
    call to account: 
      • to hold accountable; blame;
        reprimand:Call them to account for having endangered their lives.
      • ask for an explanation of.
  11. give a good (bad, etc.) account of, to do something or conduct oneself in a good (bad, etc.) manner:She gave a good account of herself in the tennis tournament.
  12. hold to account, to hold responsible; hold accountable or culpable:If any of the silver is missing, I'm going to hold you to account.
  13. Businesson account, as an installment or a partial payment:I can't pay the balance, but here's $10 on account.
  14. on account of: 
      • by reason of; because of.
      • for the sake of:She saw it through on account of me.
  15. on all accounts, in any case;
    under any circumstances. Also,at all accounts. 
  16. on no account, under no circumstances;
    absolutely not:On no account should you buy that painting without having it appraised.
  17. take account of: 
      • to make allowance for; consider:One must take account of the difficult circumstances. Taking account of the high overhead, the price is not excessive.
      • to notice or observe. Also,take into account. 
  18. turn to account, to derive profit or use from;
    turn to advantage:She has turned her misfortunes to account.

  1. to give an explanation (usually fol. by for):to account for the accident.
  2. to answer concerning one's conduct, duties, etc. (usually fol. by for):to account for the missing typewriters.
  3. to provide a report on money received, kept, and spent.
  4. to cause (usually fol. by for):The humidity accounts for our discomfort. His reckless driving accounted for the accident.

  1. to regard; consider as:I account myself well paid.
  2. to assign or impute (usually fol. by to):the many virtues accounted to him.
  • Old French acunter, acompter. See ac-, count1
  • Anglo-French, Old French aco(u)nte, acompte; (verb, verbal) Middle English ac(co)unten
  • (noun, nominal) Middle English a(c)ount(e), ac(c)ompte 1225–75
1 . report, chronicle. See narrative.  2 . justification. 5 . import, significance. 6 . consideration.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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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