accounting

[ uh-koun-ting ]
/ əˈkaʊn tɪŋ /

noun

the theory and system of setting up, maintaining, and auditing the books of a firm; art of analyzing the financial position and operating results of a business house from a study of its sales, purchases, overhead, etc. (distinguished from bookkeeping).
a detailed report of the financial state or transactions of a person or entity: an accounting of the estate.
the rendering or submission of such a report.

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Origin of accounting

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at account, -ing1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH accounting

accounting , bookkeeping, finance(s).
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British Dictionary definitions for accounting

accounting
/ (əˈkaʊntɪŋ) /

noun

  1. the skill or practice of maintaining and auditing accounts and preparing reports on the assets, liabilities, etc, of a business
  2. (as modifier)an accounting period; accounting entity
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Cultural definitions for accounting

accounting

The system of recording and auditing business transactions. (See audit.)

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