- 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
Examples from the Web for accounted
The Democrats won by 14 percent in the more urban areas, but these accounted for barely one-third of the total vote.
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|Dean Obeidallah|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|IranWire|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Natural gas in 2012 accounted for 30 percent of electricity generation in the U.S., compared with 20 percent in 2005.
Its allies have fared little better, and even with them accounted for, a Congress-led alliance barely limps to 60 seats.
This accounted for it becoming so instantaneously invisible.The Funny Side of Physic|A. D. Crabtre
It cannot be accounted for entirely by the friction, as the removal of the paper allows the sand to drop in a mass.Pressure, Resistance, and Stability of Earth|J. C. Meem
A slope rose up in front of it, which accounted for the water being drained onto this land.The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming.|Ellen Eddy Shaw
The present prominence of this characteristic in Japan is still further to be accounted for by her actual recent history.Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic|Sidney L. Gulick
Cebes asks why suicide is thought not to be right, if death is to be accounted a good?Phaedo|Plato
British Dictionary definitions for accounted
- 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 accounted
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