[ uh-kount ]
/ əˈkaʊnt /
an oral or written description of particular events or situations; narrative: an account of the meetings; an account of the trip.
an explanatory statement of conduct, as to a superior.
a statement of reasons, causes, etc., explaining some event.
reason; basis: On this account I'm refusing your offer.
importance; worth; value; consequence: things of no account.
estimation; judgment: In his account it was an excellent piece of work.
an amount of money deposited with a bank, as in a checking or savings account: My account is now with Third National.
Also called charge account. an accommodation or service extended by a business to a customer or client permitting the charging of goods or services, the returning for credit of unsatisfactory merchandise, etc.: Do you have an account at this store? My account with the restaurant is past due.
a statement of financial transactions.
- 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)
to give an explanation (usually followed by for): to account for the accident.
to answer concerning one's conduct, duties, etc. (usually followed by for): to account for the missing typewriters.
to provide a report on money received, kept, and spent.
to cause (usually followed by for): The humidity accounts for our discomfort. His reckless driving accounted for the accident.
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.
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- to hold accountable; blame; reprimand: Call them to account for having endangered their lives.
- ask for an explanation of.
call to account,
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.
- 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.
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,
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,
turn to account, to derive profit or use from; turn to advantage: She has turned her misfortunes to account.
Origin of account
Related formspre·ac·count, verbsub·ac·count, nounun·ac·count·ed, adjective
1. See narrative.
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British Dictionary definitions for on account
/ (əˈkaʊnt) /
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
profit or advantageto turn an idea to account
part or behalf (only in the phrase on one's or someone's account)
- 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 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
- 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
call to account or bring to account
- to insist on explanation
- to rebuke; reprimand
- 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 credit
- Also: to account as 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
- to pay or receive a balance due
- to get revenge on (someone)
(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 on account (1 of 2)
In part payment of a debt, as in He paid half the amount on account. [Early 1600s]
Idioms and Phrases with on account (2 of 2)
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
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