Verb account Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


account (third-person singular simple present accounts, present participle accounting, simple past and past participle accounted)

  1. to provide explanation
    1. (obsolete, transitive) To present an account of; to answer for, to justify.
    2. (intransitive, now rare) To give an account of financial transactions, money received etc.
    3. (transitive) To estimate, consider (something to be as described).
    4. (intransitive) To consider that.
    5. (intransitive) To give a satisfactory evaluation for financial transactions, money received etc.
    6. (intransitive) To give a satisfactory evaluation for (one's actions, behaviour etc.); to answer for.
    7. (intransitive) To give a satisfactory reason for; to explain.
    8. (intransitive) To establish the location for someone.
    9. (intransitive) To cause the death, capture, or destruction of someone or something (+ for).
  2. to count
    1. (transitive, now rare) To calculate, work out (especially with periods of time).
    2. (obsolete) To count (up), enumerate.
    3. (obsolete) To recount, relate (a narrative etc.).

More definition: oral or written description of particular events or situations; narrative, an account of the meetings; an account of the trip. explanatory statement of conduct, as to a superior.

3.a statement of reasons, causes, etc., explaining some event.

4.reason; basis, On this account I'm refusing your offer.

5.importance; worth; value; consequence, things of no account.

6.estimation; judgment, In his account it was an excellent piece of work. amount of money deposited with a bank, as in a checking or savings account, My account is now with Third National.

8.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.

9.a statement of financial transactions.

10.Bookkeeping. 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. 1
1.Commerce. 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.
1 give an explanation (usually followed by for), to account for the accident.1 answer concerning one's conduct, duties, etc. (usually followed by for), to account for the missing typewriters.1 provide a report on money received, kept, and spent. 1 cause (usually followed by for), The humidity accounts for our discomfort. His reckless driving accounted for the accident.
1 regard; consider as, I account myself well paid.1 assign or impute (usually followed by to), the many virtues accounted to him.
1 to account, to hold accountable; blame; reprimand, Call them to account for having endangered their lives.ask for an explanation of. 1

9.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.

20.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.2
1.on account, as an installment or a partial payment, I can't pay the balance, but here's $10 on account.2

2.on account of, by reason of; because of. for the sake of, She saw it through on account of me. 2

3.on all accounts, in any case; under any circumstances. Also, at all accounts. 2

4.on no account, under no circumstances; absolutely not, On no account should you buy that painting without having it appraised.2

5.take account of, to make allowance for; consider, One must take account of the difficult circumstances. Taking account of the high overhead, the price is not notice or observe. Also, take into account. 2

6.turn to account, to derive profit or use from; turn to advantage, She has turned her misfortunes to account.

1. a verbal or written report, description, or narration of some occurrence, event, etc

2. an explanation of conduct, esp one made to someone in authority

3. ground; basis; consideration (often in the phrases on this (that, every, no, etc) account, on account of)

4. importance, consequence, or value, of little account

5. assessment; judgment

6. profit or advantage, to turn an idea to account

7. part or behalf (only in the phrase on one's or someone's account)

8. (finance) 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

9. a statement of monetary transactions with the resulting balance

10. (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 made1
1. (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 ledger1

2.a regular client or customer, esp a firm that purchases commodities on credit an area of business assigned to another, they transferred their publicity account to a new agent 1

3. call to account, bring to account to insist on explanation to rebuke; reprimand to hold responsible 1

4. give a bad account of oneself, to perform badly, he gave a bad account of himself in the examination1

5. give a good account of oneself, to perform well1

6. on account on credit Also to account. as partial payment 1

7. (preposition) on account of, because of; by reason of1

8. take account of, take into account, to take into consideration; allow for1

9. settle accounts with, square accounts with to pay or receive a balance due to get revenge on (someone)

20. See bank account, credit account verb 2
1. (transitive) to consider or reckon, he accounts himself poor Word OriginC13, from Old French acont, from conter, compter to count1Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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 183

3. 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 179

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 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 The American Heritage® Idioms DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source


The household account he had set up for her was healthy and growing with the monthly deposits he made.

Actually, she had enough money to finish paying the loan if she depleted her bank account at Bradley.

Julie maintained no Face Book or Twitter account, nor could Betsy locate her on any other social network sites.

The rest he had built in investments – other than what was in the special savings account drawing interest until he could decide whether to return it or accept the responsibility that went with it.

Her bank account was rarely over two hundred.

She's not stupid either, but I'll bet she'd starve if she didn't have a bank account to tap.

I can give no aid on that account, for I have no recollection of how I came to be here, either.

You could say they were used for leverage if the country trounced too far on our generosity or refused to take into account our national interest when they acted up.

According to Byrne's expense account he was in Scranton for two days just before he shacked up at the Whitney Motel!

Climbing into the car he purchased for her, she headed out with the new bank account he had given her to do some guilt free shopping.

She had four thousand dollars in her checking account, all of which she had saved.

During the closing years of exile he was on intimate terms with the historian Polydore Vergil, and one of his last acts was to arrange to give Polydore a corrected version of Major's account of Scottish affairs.

I'll use my sword, although it isn't much account in this affair.

For instance, if you have a Facebook friend Abigail in Albania whom you only met once at a rock-paper-scissors competition years ago, you will generally regard Abigail's first-hand account as authoritative, even though you don't really know Abigail all that well.

Mr. Howes has probably given you a full account of our doings.

I have thought that Walden Pond would be a good place for business, not solely on account of the railroad and the ice trade; it offers advantages which it may not be good policy to divulge; it is a good port and a good foundation.

The thought immediately occurred to him that his promise to Prince Andrew was of no account, because before he gave it he had already promised Prince Anatole to come to his gathering; "besides," thought he, "all such 'words of honor' are conventional things with no definite meaning, especially if one considers that by tomorrow one may be dead, or something so extraordinary may happen to one that honor and dishonor will be all the same!"

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