- 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
Synonyms for account
Examples from the Web for accounted
Contemporary Examples of accounted
The Democrats won by 14 percent in the more urban areas, but these accounted for barely one-third of the total vote.The Progressives’ War on Suburbia
November 16, 2014
In contrast, in 2010 Republicans accounted for a higher percentage (36 percent) and Democrats were two points lower at 47 percent.In North Carolina, GOP Overreach May Be More Unpopular Than Obama
November 3, 2014
In 2011, Iran accounted for 80 per cent of the opium seizures in the world, and 30 percent of the heroin seizures.As Iran’s Marijuana Trade Thrives, Is It Becoming a Nation of Stoners?
August 10, 2014
Natural gas in 2012 accounted for 30 percent of electricity generation in the U.S., compared with 20 percent in 2005.Diesel Trains May Soon Use Natural Gas Instead
The Daily Beast
May 27, 2014
Its allies have fared little better, and even with them accounted for, a Congress-led alliance barely limps to 60 seats.Modi Crushes Gandhi in India’s Election Landslide
May 16, 2014
Historical Examples of accounted
The matter, I think, may be accounted for after the following manner.
The great conflicts of the West, and the minor battles had accounted for the others.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
That accounted for everything; and Mary had no time for talk.Tiverton Tales
A thickness of speech was accounted for by the absence of teeth.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
This, no doubt, accounted for the embarrassment so manifest in the Countess's manner.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
- 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 accountas partial payment
- to pay or receive a balance due
- to get revenge on (someone)
Word Origin for account
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.
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.
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