account

[ uh-kount ]
/ əˈkaʊnt /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. accosted,
  2. accouchement,
  3. accoucheur,
  4. accoucheur's hand,
  5. accoucheuse,
  6. account book,
  7. account current,
  8. account day,
  9. account executive,
  10. account for

Idioms

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

SYNONYMS FOR account
Related formspre·ac·count, verbsub·ac·count, nounun·ac·count·ed, adjective

Synonym study

1. See narrative.

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British Dictionary definitions for on no account

account

/ (əˈkaʊnt) /

noun

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 on no account
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Idioms and Phrases with on no account

on no account

Also, not on any account. Under no circumstances, certainly not, as in On no account should you put a metal utensil in the microwave oven, or Dad said we can't go, not on any account. [Mid-1800s]

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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