- 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 unaccounted
Contemporary Examples of unaccounted
The police suspect that the other unaccounted for 643,000 bitcoins, were removed from customer accounts via an unknown party.Japanese Bitcoin Heist ‘an Inside Job,’ Not Hackers Alone
Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky, Jake Adelstein
January 1, 2015
There are billions of unaccounted dollars stashed in Lebanon.Speed Read: James Risen Indicts The War On Terror’s Costly Follies
October 14, 2014
Yet his ability to throw a cool $19 million into a major national project in the Caucasus is as yet unaccounted for.Putin's Criminal Olympics
January 27, 2014
Gallegos had been killed, Mace gravely wounded, and Martin unaccounted for.Ty Carter Awarded Medal of Honor
David Eisler, Jake Tapper
August 31, 2013
Two days after the shipwreck, five are confirmed dead and 17 are unaccounted for—reportedly including two Americans.Italy Searches for Costa Concordia Survivors
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 15, 2012
Historical Examples of unaccounted
It was afterward reported that nine human beings were unaccounted for.Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers
H. Irving Hancock
This, indeed, must still remain doubtful and unaccounted for.Devereux, Complete
This, the fifth boat, had remained till then unaccounted for.Original Narratives of Early American History
Vaca and Others
This last is hardly a story of unaccounted for disappearance.Recollections of a Policeman
William Russell (aka Thomas Waters)
The first intelligence which I had of this unaccounted balance was from yourself.The Life of Albert Gallatin
adjective (usually foll by for)
- 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