verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to regard; consider as: I account myself well paid.
to assign or impute (usually followed by to): the many virtues accounted to him.

Nearby words

  1. accosted,
  2. accouchement,
  3. accoucheur,
  4. accoucheur's hand,
  5. accoucheuse,
  6. account book,
  7. account current,
  8. account day,
  9. account executive,
  10. account for


Origin of account

1225–75; (noun) Middle English a(c)ount(e), ac(c)ompte < Anglo-French, Old French aco(u)nte, acompte; (v.) Middle English ac(co)unten < Old French acunter, acompter. See ac-, count1

Related formspre·ac·count, verbsub·ac·count, nounun·ac·count·ed, adjective

Synonym study

1. See narrative. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for account

British Dictionary definitions for account



a verbal or written report, description, or narration of some occurrence, event, etc
an explanation of conduct, esp one made to someone in authority
ground; basis; consideration (often in the phrases on this (that, every, no, etc) account, on account of)
importance, consequence, or valueof little account
assessment; judgment
profit or advantageto turn an idea to account
part or behalf (only in the phrase on one's or someone's account)
  1. a business relationship between a bank, department store, stockbroker, etc, and a depositor, customer, or client permitting the latter certain banking or credit services
  2. the sum of money deposited at a bank
  3. the amount of credit available to the holder of an account
  4. a record of these
a statement of monetary transactions with the resulting balance
(on the London Stock Exchange) the period, ordinarily of a fortnight's duration, in which transactions formerly took place and at the end of which settlements were made
accounting a chronological list of debits and credits relating to a specified asset, liability, expense, or income of a business and forming part of the ledger
  1. a regular client or customer, esp a firm that purchases commodities on credit
  2. an area of business assigned to anotherthey transferred their publicity account to a new agent
call to account or bring to account
  1. to insist on explanation
  2. to rebuke; reprimand
  3. to hold responsible
give a bad account of oneself to perform badlyhe gave a bad account of himself in the examination
give a good account of oneself to perform well
on account
  1. on credit
  2. Also: to accountas partial payment
on account of (preposition) because of; by reason of
take account of or take into account to take into consideration; allow for
settle accounts with or square accounts with
  1. to pay or receive a balance due
  2. to get revenge on (someone)


(tr) to consider or reckonhe accounts himself poor

Word Origin for account

C13: from Old French acont, from conter, compter to count 1

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Word Origin and History for account
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with account


In addition to the idiom beginning with account

  • account for

also see:

  • all present and accounted for
  • by all accounts
  • call to account
  • give a good account
  • no accounting for tastes
  • on account of
  • on no account
  • on one's own account
  • take account of
  • take into account
  • turn to good account
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