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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 statement of money owed for goods or services; " he paid his bill and left"; " send me an account of what I owe"
  5. 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"
  6. 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"
  7. the act of informing by verbal report; " he heard reports that they were causing trouble"; " by all accounts they were a happy couple"
  8. 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"
  9. furnish a justifying analysis or explanation; " I can't account for the missing money"
  10. keep an account of
  11. 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"
  12. to give an account or representation of in words; " Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental"
  13. A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning; as, the Julian account of time.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. A statement of facts or occurrences; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description; as, an account of a battle.
  17. A statement and explanation or vindication of one's conduct with reference to judgment thereon.
  18. An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment.
  19. Importance; worth; value; advantage; profit.
  20. To reckon; to compute; to count.
  21. To value, estimate, or hold in opinion; to judge or consider; to deem.
  22. To recount; to relate.
  23. To render or receive an account or relation of particulars; as, an officer must account with or to the treasurer for money received.
  24. To place to one's account; to put to the credit of; to assign; - with to.
  25. To render an account; to answer in judgment; - with for; as, we must account for the use of our opportunities.
  26. To give a satisfactory reason; to tell the cause of; to explain; - with for; as, idleness accounts for poverty.
  27. To reckon; compute; count.
  28. To explain: with for; give a detailed financial statement.
  29. A reckoning; a financial statement; a narrative; anything in the form of a statement, written or verbal; reason or consideration; profit; estimation; importance.
  30. To reckon: to judge, value.
  31. ( with for) To give a reason.
  32. A counting: statement: value: sake.
  33. Statement; reckoning; behalf.
  34. To reckon; estimate; to assign the causes.
  35. To consider; estimate; count; compute.
  36. To answer ( to a person for a thing).
  37. To explain; followed by for.
  38. A reckoning; computation; record; statement; description; notice.
  39. An explanation.
  40. Importance; consideration.
  41. 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.
  42. To deem or judge. To account of, to hold in esteem; to value.
  43. To render an account or relation of particulars; to give reasons for.
  44. A sum stated on a slate or paper; a narrative or statement; regard; explanation a statement of prices, expenses, & c.
  45. To judge; to esteem; to value; to give reasons; to explain; to be liable.

Usage examples for account

  1. He gave me an account of the trekschuit. – Holland, v. 1 (of 2) by Edmondo de Amicis
  2. Hear his account, and then take up the affair or not, as you may think fit. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  3. " Not on my account, Herbert. – Do and Dare A Brave Boy's Fight for Fortune by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  4. " We want you to give an account of yourself," was the reply. – Richard Dare's Venture by Edward Stratemeyer
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. I'm particularly anxious just now, on account of our visitors." – The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop by Hamlin Garland
  8. Not on account o' I? – Tess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman by Thomas Hardy
  9. 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
  10. He isn't at all- I'd hate to lose his account. – The House of Toys by Henry Russell Miller
  11. 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
  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. He came to talk it over with me, on your account. – The Plunderer by Roy Norton
  15. 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
  16. If I could see him, he could give me some account of Mrs. Rugg. – Famous Stories Every Child Should Know by Various
  17. I don't know how to account for it, any more than you do. – The Boy Trapper by Harry Castlemon
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