Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The practice or profession of recording the accounts and transactions of a business.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The art of recording pecuniary transactions in a regular and systematic manner; the art of keeping accounts in such a manner as to give a permanent record of business transactions from which the true state or history of one's pecuniary affairs or mercantile dealings may at any time be ascertained.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The art of recording pecuniary or business transactions in a regular and systematic manner, so as to show their relation to each other, and the state of the business in which they occur; the art of keeping accounts. The books commonly used are a daybook, cashbook, journal, and ledger. See daybook, cashbook, journal, and ledger.
  • noun the method of keeping books by carrying the record of each transaction to the debit or credit of a single account.
  • noun a mode of bookkeeping in which two entries of every transaction are carried to the ledger, one to the Dr., or left hand, side of one account, and the other to the Cr., or right hand, side of a corresponding account, in order tha� the one entry may check the other; -- sometimes called, from the place of its origin, the Italian method.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Accounting: the skill or practice of keeping books or systematic records of financial transactions, e.g. income and expenses.
  • verb Present participle of bookkeep.

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

  • noun the activity of recording business transactions

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Examples

  • It's not officially called a tax and some creative bookkeeping is done because it violates the terms of most government contracts.

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  • You can easily work with numbers — bookkeeping is one of the growing areas for this E-Type.

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  • She had bookkeeping experience and took courses in bookkeeping so that she could keep the books at her father's farm.

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  • She had bookkeeping experience and took courses in bookkeeping so that she could keep the books at her father's farm.

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  • This double-entry bookkeeping is something that he usually has the courage to confess ( "between two stools" becomes his preferred cliché) even when he knows that the contradiction is not resolvable.

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  • This double-entry bookkeeping is something that he usually has the courage to confess ( "between two stools" becomes his preferred cliché) even when he knows that the contradiction is not resolvable.

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  • Take the waste in bookkeeping, - banking is bookkeeping; under this plan two-thirds of the bookkeeping could be done away with.

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  • Courses in bookkeeping and telegraphy were not present at Emory until 1889 (Bullock 222).

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  • I think that the market is taking maybe some comfort from the fact that the government and corporate America seem to be taking seriously this mess that’s been going on in bookkeeping and in governance.

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  • The banks defend their bookkeeping, which is overseen by national regulators and blessed by global accounting firms.

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