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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A narrative or record of events.
  • n. A reason given for a particular action or event: What is the account for this loss?
  • n. A report relating to one's conduct: gave a satisfactory account of herself.
  • n. A basis or ground: no reason to worry on that account.
  • n. A formal banking, brokerage, or business relationship established to provide for regular services, dealings, and other financial transactions.
  • n. A precise list or enumeration of financial transactions.
  • n. Money deposited for checking, savings, or brokerage use.
  • n. A customer having a business or credit relationship with a firm: salespeople visiting their accounts.
  • n. Worth, standing, or importance: a landowner of some account.
  • n. Profit or advantage: turned her writing skills to good account.
  • transitive v. To consider as being; deem. See Synonyms at consider. See Usage Note at as1.
  • account for To constitute the governing or primary factor in: Bad weather accounted for the long delay.
  • account for To provide an explanation or justification for: The suspect couldn't account for his time that night.
  • idiom call to account To challenge or contest.
  • idiom call to account To hold answerable for.
  • idiom on account On credit.
  • idiom on account of Because of; for the sake of: "We got married on account of the baby” ( Anne Tyler).
  • idiom on no account Under no circumstances.
  • idiom on (one's) own account For oneself.
  • idiom on (one's) own account On one's own; by oneself: He wants to work on his own account.
  • idiom take into account To take into consideration; allow for.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to provide explanation
  • v. to count
  • n. A registry of pecuniary transactions; a written or printed statement of business dealings or debts and credits, and also of other things subjected to a reckoning or review
  • n. A sum of money deposited at a bank and subject to withdrawal.
  • n. A statement in general of reasons, causes, grounds, etc., explanatory of some event; a reason of an action to be done.
  • n. A reason, grounds, consideration, motive.
  • n. A business relationship involving the exchange of money and credit.
  • n. A record of events; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description
  • n. A statement explaining one's conduct.
  • n. An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment.
  • n. Importance; worth; value; esteem; judgement.
  • n. An authorization to use a service.
  • n. A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning.
  • n. Profit; advantage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning.
  • n. A registry of pecuniary transactions; a written or printed statement of business dealings or debts and credits, and also of other things subjected to a reckoning or review.
  • n. A statement in general of reasons, causes, grounds, etc., explanatory of some event. Hence, the word is often used simply for reason, ground, consideration, motive, etc..
  • n. A statement of facts or occurrences; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description.
  • n. A statement and explanation or vindication of one's conduct with reference to judgment thereon.
  • n. An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment.
  • n. Importance; worth; value; advantage; profit.
  • transitive v. To reckon; to compute; to count.
  • transitive v. To place to one's account; to put to the credit of; to assign; -- with to.
  • transitive v. To value, estimate, or hold in opinion; to judge or consider; to deem.
  • transitive v. To recount; to relate.
  • intransitive v. To render or receive an account or relation of particulars.
  • intransitive v. To render an account; to answer in judgment; -- with for.
  • intransitive v. To give a satisfactory reason; to tell the cause of; to explain; -- with for.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To count or reckon as; deem; consider; think; hold to be.
  • To reckon or compute; count.
  • To assign or impute; give the credit of; reckon as belonging or attributable.
  • To give an account, reason, or explanation of; explain.
  • To take into consideration.
  • To recount; relate.
  • To render an account or relation of particulars; answer in a responsible character: followed by with or to before a person, and by for before a thing: as, an officer must account with or to the treasurer for money received.
  • To furnish or assign a reason or reasons; give an explanation: with for: as, idleness accounts for poverty.
  • To reckon; count.
  • n. A reckoning, an enumeration, or a computation; method of computing: as, the Julian account of time.
  • n. A reckoning of money or business; a statement or record of financial or pecuniary transactions, with their debits and credits, or of money received and paid and the balance on hand or due: as, to keep accounts; to make out an account.
  • n. A course of business dealings or relations requiring the keeping of records: as, to have an account with the bank.
  • n. On the stock exchange, that part of the transactions between buyer and seller to be settled on the fortnightly or monthly settling-day: as, I have sold A. B. 500 shares for the account.
  • n. Narrative; relation; statement of facts; a recital, verbal or written, of particular transactions and events: as, an account of the revolution in France.
  • n. A statement of reasons, causes, grounds, etc., explanatory of some event: as, no satisfactory account has yet been given of these phenomena.
  • n. An explanatory statement or vindication of one's conduct, such as is given to a superior.
  • n. Reason or consideration; ground: used with on: as, on all accounts; on every account; on account of.
  • n. Estimation; esteem; distinction; dignity; consequence or importance.
  • n. Profit; advantage: as, to find one's account in a pursuit; to turn anything to account.
  • n. Regard; behalf; sake: as, all this trouble I have incurred on your account.
  • n. Sometimes spelled accompt.
  • Accounted; reckoned.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a short account of the news
  • n. importance or value
  • n. an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered
  • n. grounds
  • v. keep an account of
  • n. the act of informing by verbal report
  • n. a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.
  • v. furnish a justifying analysis or explanation
  • n. a formal contractual relationship established to provide for regular banking or brokerage or business services
  • v. be the sole or primary factor in the existence, acquisition, supply, or disposal of something
  • n. a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance
  • n. a record or narrative description of past events
  • n. the quality of taking advantage
  • v. to give an account or representation of in words

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French acont, from aconter, to reckon : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + cunter, to count (from Latin computāre, to sum up; see compute).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman acounter, accomptere et al., Middle French aconter, acompter, from a- + conter ("to count"). Compare count. (Wiktionary)

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