account

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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

    call to account,
    1. to hold accountable; blame; reprimand: Call them to account for having endangered their lives.
    2. ask for an explanation of.
    give a good/bad account of, to do something or conduct oneself in a good (bad, etc.) manner: She gave a good account of herself in the tennis tournament.
    hold to account, to hold responsible; hold accountable or culpable: If any of the silver is missing, I'm going to hold you to account.
    on account, as an installment or a partial payment: I can't pay the balance, but here's $10 on account.
    on account of,
    1. by reason of; because of.
    2. for the sake of: She saw it through on account of me.
    on all accounts, in any case; under any circumstances.Also at all accounts.
    on no account, under no circumstances; absolutely not: On no account should you buy that painting without having it appraised.
    take account of,
    1. to make allowance for; consider: One must take account of the difficult circumstances. Taking account of the high overhead, the price is not excessive.
    2. to notice or observe.
    Also take into account.
    turn to account, to derive profit or use from; turn to advantage: She has turned her misfortunes to account.

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

Synonyms for account

Synonym study

1. See narrative.
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Examples from the Web for account

Contemporary Examples of account

Historical Examples of account

  • Their freshness soon withered, on account of the shallowness of the earth.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Not only that, but he would get into trouble with Mr. Paine on account of the damage which it had received.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • It won't be much, but I should like to do it on account of his kindness about the boat.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • I've got a New York paper giving an account of the whole thing.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • It is on Mr. Haley's account that I prefer to keep it secret.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger


British Dictionary definitions for account

account

noun

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)
finance
  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)

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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Word Origin and History for account
n.

c.1300, "reckoning of money received and paid," from Old French acont "account, reckoning, terminal payment," from a "to" (see ad-) + cont "counting, reckoning of money to be paid," from Late Latin computus "a calculation," from Latin computare "calculate" (see compute).

Meaning "sum of (one's) money in a bank" is from 1833. Sense of "narration" is first attested 1610s. Plural accounts used as a collective or singular in phrases such as to give accounts (of something), is from mid-13c. Phrase by all accounts is attested from 1798.

v.

c.1300, "to count, enumerate," from Old French aconter "to count, render account" (Modern French conter), from a "to" (see ad-) + conter "to count, tell" (see count (v.)). Meaning "to reckon for money given or received, render a reckoning," is from late 14c.; sense of "to explain" (c.1710) is from notion of "answer for money held in trust." Transferred sense of "value" is from late 14c. Related: Accounted; accounting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with account

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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