Definitions of account

  1. be the sole or primary factor in the existence, acquisition, supply, or disposal of something; " Passing grades account for half of the grades given in this exam"
  2. the quality of taking advantage; " she turned her writing skills to good account"
  3. importance or value; " a person of considerable account"; " he predicted that although it is of small account now it will rapidly increase in importance"
  4. a record or narrative description of past events; " a history of France"; " he gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president"; " the story of exposure to lead"
  5. a statement of money owed for goods or services; " he paid his bill and left"; " send me an account of what I owe"
  6. a short account of the news; " the report of his speech"; " the story was on the 11 o'clock news"; " the account of his speech that was given on the evening news made the governor furious"
  7. a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.; " the explanation was very simple"; " I expected a brief account"
  8. the act of informing by verbal report; " he heard reports that they were causing trouble"; " by all accounts they were a happy couple"
  9. grounds; " don't do it on my account"; " the paper was rejected on account of its length"; " he tried to blame the victim but his success on that score was doubtful"
  10. a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance; " they send me an accounting every month"
  11. furnish a justifying analysis or explanation; " I can't account for the missing money"
  12. keep an account of
  13. a formal contractual relationship established to provide for regular banking or brokerage or business services; " he asked to see the executive who handled his account"
  14. an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered; " he paid his bill and left"; " send me an account of what I owe"
  15. to give an account or representation of in words; " Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental"
  16. A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning; as, the Julian account of time.
  17. A registry of pecuniary transactions; a written or printed statement of business dealings or debts and credits, and also of other things subjected to a reckoning or review; as, to keep one's account at the bank.
  18. A statement in general of reasons, causes, grounds, etc., explanatory of some event; as, no satisfactory account has been given of these phenomena. Hence, the word is often used simply for reason, ground, consideration, motive, etc.; as, on no account, on every account, on all accounts.
  19. A statement of facts or occurrences; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description; as, an account of a battle.
  20. A statement and explanation or vindication of one's conduct with reference to judgment thereon.
  21. An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment.
  22. Importance; worth; value; advantage; profit.
  23. To reckon; to compute; to count.
  24. To value, estimate, or hold in opinion; to judge or consider; to deem.
  25. To recount; to relate.
  26. To render or receive an account or relation of particulars; as, an officer must account with or to the treasurer for money received.
  27. To place to one's account; to put to the credit of; to assign; - with to.
  28. To render an account; to answer in judgment; - with for; as, we must account for the use of our opportunities.
  29. To give a satisfactory reason; to tell the cause of; to explain; - with for; as, idleness accounts for poverty.
  30. To reckon; compute; count.
  31. To explain: with for; give a detailed financial statement.
  32. A reckoning; a financial statement; a narrative; anything in the form of a statement, written or verbal; reason or consideration; profit; estimation; importance.
  33. To reckon: to judge, value.
  34. ( with for) To give a reason.
  35. A counting: statement: value: sake.
  36. Statement; reckoning; behalf.
  37. To reckon; estimate; to assign the causes.
  38. To consider; estimate; count; compute.
  39. To answer ( to a person for a thing).
  40. To explain; followed by for.
  41. A reckoning; computation; record; statement; description; notice.
  42. An explanation.
  43. Importance; consideration.
  44. Computation or method of reckoning; a register of debts and credits; a written statement in detail of moneys due for goods purchased, or services of any kind rendered; the sum total; a narrative; a recital of particular transactions and events, verbal or written; a statement or explanation; reason or consideration, as a motive; importance; estimation; profit; advantage; behalf; sake.
  45. To deem or judge. To account of, to hold in esteem; to value.
  46. To render an account or relation of particulars; to give reasons for.
  47. A sum stated on a slate or paper; a narrative or statement; regard; explanation a statement of prices, expenses, & c.
  48. To judge; to esteem; to value; to give reasons; to explain; to be liable.

Quotes of account

  1. To give an accurate and exhaustive account of that period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine. – Max Beerbohm
  2. Lukewarmness I account a sin, as great in love as in religion. – Abraham Cowley
  3. It demonstrates to his simple mind in the most positive manner that we have no prejudice against him on account of his race, and that while he behaves himself he will be treated the same as a white man. – George Crook
  4. But because we in the United States finance our current account deficit by borrowing in our own currency, we can move to a more competitive dollar without the adverse effects that followed currency declines in other countries. – Martin Feldstein
  5. In America, we no longer have an institutionalized, organized way of calling business to task- of taking them to account for what they've done- and this is especially true in the cultural realm. – Thomas Frank
  6. To sleep after sunrise was impossible on account of the number of flies which kept buzzing about the face. – George Grey
  7. The courts cannot garnish a father's salary, nor freeze his account nor seize his property on behalf of his children, in our society. Apparently this is because a kid is not a car or a couch or a boat. – June Jordan
  8. No one has been barred on account of his race from fighting or dying for America, there are no white or colored signs on the foxholes or graveyards of battle. – John F. Kennedy
  9. What do you think, that a dollar in a savings account is freedom? Maybe you have understood nothing I have said. – Klaus Kinski
  10. With two leftover husbands to account for, my wicked soul has just about shriveled and died. – Mercedes McCambridge
  11. Men are often biased in their judgment on account of their sympathy and their interests. – George William Norris
  12. Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account – Jean Paul
  13. I don't have a bank account because I don't know my mother's maiden name. – Paula Poundstone
  14. The Super Bowl isn't for kids, I had a great time though and it was worth every nickel of it because by doing this lame piece about the game I can put it on my expense account – Andy Rooney
  15. We should every night call ourselves to an account what infirmity have I mastered to -day? what passions opposed? what temptation resisted? what virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Usage examples for account

  1. His mother was poor, but just on that account it must never look as if they wanted to take anything of anybody. – Invisible Links by Selma Lagerlof
  2. Not on account o' I? – Tess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman by Thomas Hardy
  3. " We want you to give an account of yourself," was the reply. – Richard Dare's Venture by Edward Stratemeyer
  4. I think few took account of time. – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  5. He gave me an account of the trekschuit. – Holland, v. 1 (of 2) by Edmondo de Amicis
  6. I don't know how to account for it, any more than you do. – The Boy Trapper by Harry Castlemon
  7. " Not on my account Herbert. – Do and Dare A Brave Boy's Fight for Fortune by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  8. 11, 837. How do you account for that? – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  9. I'm particularly anxious just now, on account of our visitors." – The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop by Hamlin Garland
  10. Hear his account and then take up the affair or not, as you may think fit. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  11. On account of your father?" – The Come Back by Carolyn Wells
  12. But all such things in the end are of no account – Vanishing Roads and Other Essays by Richard Le Gallienne
  13. It used to be an awful room, and it's worse now, on account of its shut- up look. – Mary Marie by Eleanor H. Porter
  14. Wiley sat down by the fire and tried to account for it. – Shadow Mountain by Dane Coolidge
  15. He isn't at all- I'd hate to lose his account – The House of Toys by Henry Russell Miller
  16. Well, Jack, it's very kind of you after all, so don't mind my being a little cross; it was not on account of the things, but because you did not come to see me and I've been looking out for you. – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat
  17. He came to talk it over with me, on your account – The Plunderer by Roy Norton
  18. It was two days before he could bring himself to write home a full account of the matter. – The High Calling by Charles M. Sheldon
  19. Why should any one but a Barthorpe man, past or present, be interested in that story so far as to carry an old account of it with him? – The Paradise Mystery by J. S. Fletcher
  20. If I could see him, he could give me some account of Mrs. Rugg. – Famous Stories Every Child Should Know by Various

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