Account meaning

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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.

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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.

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Account means to appoint a characteristic to something or someone.

An example of account is when you deem someone as being a good friend.

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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.

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(intransitive) To give a satisfactory reason for; to explain. [from 16th c.]

Idleness accounts for poverty.

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An established relationship between a user and another entity such as a computer, website or financial organization. See user account, guest account and account number.
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To consider or judge to be; deem; value.
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(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.

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To furnish a reckoning (to someone) of money received and paid out.
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A private access to a computer system or online service, usually requiring a password to enter.
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Worth, standing, or importance.

A landowner of some account.

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Profit or advantage.

Turned her writing skills to good account.

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To consider as being; deem.
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To make satisfactory amends (for)

He will account for his crime.

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A detailed record of a financial transaction, indicating the debits and credits between the parties to a contract or a fiduciary relationship.
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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.
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To give satisfactory reasons or an explanation (for)

Can he account for his actions?

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To know or provide the whereabouts or fate of.

To account for all members of the platoon.

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A counting; calculation.
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A record of the financial data pertaining to a specific asset, liability, income item, expense item, or net-worth item.
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Worth; importance.

A thing of small account.

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An explanation.
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A report; description; story.
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The debt remaining to be paid, or the credit to be refunded, as indicated in such a record.
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A detailed record of the financial transactions, business dealings, and other relations for which records must be kept.
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A business relationship involving the management of money or the availability and use of credit.
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In the common law, a legal action to require a person to account for money or property. See also accounting.
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A statement by which someone explains, or attempts to explain, an event.
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In business, a particular client or customer. See also joint account.
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(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.
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(banking) A sum of money deposited at a bank and subject to withdrawal.

To keep one's account at the bank.

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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.

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On no account.

On every account.

On all accounts.

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(business) A business relationship involving the exchange of money and credit.
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A record of events; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description.

An account of a battle.

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A statement explaining one's conduct.
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An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment.
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An authorization to use a service.

I've opened an account with Wikipedia so that I can contribute and partake in the project.

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(archaic) A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning.
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(intransitive, now rare) To give an account of financial transactions, money received etc. [from 14th c.]
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To estimate, consider (something to be as described). [from 14th c.]
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(intransitive) To consider that. [from 14th c.]
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(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.

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(intransitive) To establish the location for someone. [from 19th c.]

After the crash, not all passengers were accounted for.

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(intransitive) To cause the death, capture, or destruction of someone or something (+ for). [from 19th c.]
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To count.
  • (now rare) To calculate, work out (especially with periods of time). [from 14th c.]
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A narrative or record of events.
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To be the cause, agent, or source of.
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To do away with as by killing.

He accounted for five of the enemy.

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call to account
  • To challenge or contest.
  • To hold answerable for.
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on account
  • On credit.
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on account of
  • Because of; for the sake of:
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on no account
  • Under no circumstances.
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on (one's) own account
  • For oneself.
  • On one's own; by oneself:
    He wants to work on his own account.
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on (someone's) account
  • For someone's benefit:
    It's nice of you to make such an effort on his account.
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take into account
  • To take into consideration; allow for.
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call to account
  • to demand an explanation of
  • to reprimand
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give a good account of oneself
  • to acquit oneself creditably
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on account
  • on a charge account; on the installment plan
  • as partial payment
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on someone's account
  • for someone's sake
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on account of
  • because of
  • for (someone's) sake
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on no account
  • not under any circumstances
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take account of
  • to take into consideration; allow for
  • to take notice of; note
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take into account
  • to take into consideration
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turn to account
  • to get use or profit from
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Origin of account

  • Middle English from Old French acont from aconter to reckon a- to (from Latin ad- ad–) cunter to count (from Latin computāre to sum up compute)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman acunte (“account”), from Old French acont, from aconter (“to reckon”), from Latin computo (“to sum up”)

    From Wiktionary

  • From Anglo-Norman acounter, accomptere et al., Middle French aconter, acompter, from a- + conter (“to count”). Compare count.

    From Wiktionary

  • First attested around 1300. ((reckoning of moneys received and paid):)

    From Wiktionary

  • (narration): First attested in the 1610's.

    From Wiktionary

  • (banking): First attested in 1833.

    From Wiktionary