- An account is defined as an oral or written detail of an event or situation.
An example of an account is when a child relays all of the events of his school day.
- The definition of an account is a record of an ongoing relationship, debt or obligation.
- An example of an account is when you have a credit card from Visa. You have a Visa account.
- An example of account is when you have an ongoing tally at a store. You could say you have an account there.
- To account for something means to give it consideration or value.
An example of account is when someone is judging another person's actions and considers all of his possible motivations for his behavior.
- Account means to appoint a characteristic to something or someone.
An example of account is when you deem someone as being a good friend.
Origin of accountMiddle English acounten ; from Old French aconter ; from a-, to + conter, to tell ; from compter ; from Classical Latin computare: see compute
- to furnish a reckoning (to someone) of money received and paid out
- to make satisfactory amends (for): he will account for his crime
- to give satisfactory reasons or an explanation (for): can he account for his actions?
- to be the cause, agent, or source of: with for
- to do away with as by killing: with for: he accounted for five of the enemy
- a counting; calculation
- a record of the financial data pertaining to a specific asset, liability, income item, expense item, or net-worth item
- bank account
- a record of the financial transactions relating to a specific person, property, business, etc.
- charge account
- a business or firm that is a customer or client, esp. on a regular, credit basis: one of our best accounts
- worth; importance: a thing of small account
- an explanation
- a report; description; story
call to account
- to demand an explanation of
- to reprimand
give a good account of oneself
- on a charge account; on the installment plan
- as partial payment
on someone's account
on account of
- because of
- for (someone's) sake
on no account
take account of
- to take into consideration; allow for
- to take notice of; note
take into account
turn to account
- A narrative or record of events.
- a. A reason given for a particular action or event: What is the account for this loss?b. A report relating to one's conduct: gave a satisfactory account of herself.c. A basis or ground: no reason to worry on that account.
- a. A formal banking, brokerage, or business relationship established to provide for regular services, dealings, and other financial transactions.b. A precise list or enumeration of financial transactions.c. A sum of money deposited for checking, savings, or brokerage use.d. A customer having a business or credit relationship with a firm: salespeople visiting their accounts.
- A private access to a computer system or online service, usually requiring a password to enter.
- Worth, standing, or importance: a landowner of some account.
- Profit or advantage: turned her writing skills to good account.
transitive verbac·count·ed, ac·count·ing, ac·counts
Origin of accountMiddle 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).
- (accounting) 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
- (banking) A sum of money deposited at a bank and subject to withdrawal.
- to keep one's account at the bank.
- A statement in general of reasons, causes, grounds, etc., explanatory of some event; a reason of an action to be done.
- No satisfactory account has been given of these phenomena.
- A reason, grounds, consideration, motive.
- on no account
- on every account
- on all accounts
- (business) A business relationship involving the exchange of money and credit.
- A record of events; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description
- An account of a battle.
- A statement explaining one's conduct.
- An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment.
- Importance; worth; value; esteem; judgement.
- An authorization to use a service.
- I've opened an account with Wikipedia so that I can contribute and partake in the project.
- (archaic) A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning.
- Profit; advantage.
- of Account, narrative, narration, recital. These words are applied to different modes of rehearsing a series of events
- Account turns attention not so much to the speaker as to the fact related, and more properly applies to the report of some single event, or a group of incidents taken as whole; as, an account of a battle, of a shipwreck, etc.
- A narrative is a continuous story of connected incidents, such as one friend might tell to another; as, a narrative of the events of a siege, a narrative of one's life, etc.
- Narration is usually the same as narrative, but is sometimes used to describe the mode of relating events; as, his powers of narration are uncommonly great.
- Recital denotes a series of events drawn out into minute particulars, usually expressing something which peculiarly interests the feelings of the speaker; as, the recital of one's wrongs, disappointments, sufferings, etc.
(third-person singular simple present accounts, present participle accounting, simple past and past participle accounted)
- (intransitive, now rare) To give an account of financial transactions, money received etc. [from 14th c.]
- To estimate, consider (something to be as described). [from 14th c.]
- (intransitive) To consider that. [from 14th c.]
- (intransitive) To give a satisfactory evaluation for financial transactions, money received etc. [from 15th c.]
- An officer must account with or to the treasurer for money received.
- (intransitive) To give a satisfactory evaluation for (one's actions, behaviour etc.); to answer for. [from 16th c.]
- We must account for the use of our opportunities.
- (intransitive) To give a satisfactory reason for; to explain. [from 16th c.]
- Idleness accounts for poverty.
- (intransitive) To establish the location for someone. [from 19th c.]
- After the crash, not all passengers were accounted for.
- (intransitive) To cause the death, capture, or destruction of someone or something (+ for). [from 19th c.]
- (now rare) To calculate, work out (especially with periods of time). [from 14th c.]
account - Computer Definition
account - Legal Definition
- A detailed record of a financial transaction, indicating the debits and credits between the parties to a contract or a fiduciary relationship.
- The debt remaining to be paid, or the credit to be refunded, as indicated in such a record.
- A detailed record of the financial transactions, business dealings, and other relations for which records must be kept.
- In the Uniform Commercial Code, a right to payment for goods whose sale or lease, or for services whose performance, are not evidenced by a negotiable instrument or chattel paper.
- A business relationship involving the management of money or the availability and use of credit.
- In the common law, a legal action to require a person to account for money or property. See also accounting.
- A statement by which someone explains, or attempts to explain, an event.
- In business, a particular client or customer. See also joint account.