account

[ uh-kount ]
/ əˈkaʊnt /

noun

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.

Idioms

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 forms

pre·ac·count, verbsub·ac·count, nounun·ac·count·ed, adjective

Synonym study

1. See narrative.
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British Dictionary definitions for account for (1 of 2)

account for


verb (intr, preposition)

to give reasons for (an event, act, etc)
to make or provide a reckoning of (expenditure, payments, etc)
to be responsible for destroying, killing, or putting (people, aircraft, etc) out of action

British Dictionary definitions for account for (2 of 2)

account

/ (əˈkaʊnt) /

noun

verb

(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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Idioms and Phrases with account for (1 of 2)

account for


1

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.

2

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)

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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