- a formal record of the debits and credits relating to the person, business, etc., named at the head of the ledger account.
- a balance of a specified period's receipts and expenditures.
- a business relation in which credit is used.
- any customer or client, especially one carried on a regular credit basis.
- Also called advertising account. the business assigned to an advertising agency by a client: The toothpaste account was awarded to a new agency last year.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to hold accountable; blame; reprimand: Call them to account for having endangered their lives.
- ask for an explanation of.
- by reason of; because of.
- for the sake of: She saw it through on account of me.
- to make allowance for; consider: One must take account of the difficult circumstances. Taking account of the high overhead, the price is not excessive.
- to notice or observe.
Origin of account
Related formspre·ac·count, verbsub·ac·count, nounun·ac·count·ed, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for account for (1 of 2)
verb (intr, preposition)
British Dictionary definitions for account for (2 of 2)
- a business relationship between a bank, department store, stockbroker, etc, and a depositor, customer, or client permitting the latter certain banking or credit services
- the sum of money deposited at a bank
- the amount of credit available to the holder of an account
- a record of these
- a regular client or customer, esp a firm that purchases commodities on credit
- an area of business assigned to anotherthey transferred their publicity account to a new agent
- to insist on explanation
- to rebuke; reprimand
- to hold responsible
- on credit
- Also: to account as partial payment
- to pay or receive a balance due
- to get revenge on (someone)
Word Origin for account
Idioms and Phrases with account for (1 of 2)
Be the determining factor in; cause. For example, The heat wave accounts for all this food spoilage, or Icy roads account for the increase in accidents.
Explain or justify, as in Jane was upset because her son couldn't account for the three hours between his last class and his arrival at home. Both of these related usages are derived from the literal meaning of the phrase, that is, “make a reckoning of an account.” [Second half of 1700s]
Idioms and Phrases with account for (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with account
- account for
- 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