Meaning of ACCOUNT in English

ACCOUNT

/ əˈkaʊnt; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

AT BANK

1.

( abbr. a / c ) an arrangement that sb has with a bank, etc. to keep money there, take some out, etc. :

I don't have a bank account.

to have an account at / with a bank

to open / close an account

What's your account number please?

I paid the cheque into my savings account.

a joint account (= one in the name of more than one person)

—see also budget account , checking account , current account , deposit account

BUSINESS RECORDS

2.

[ usually pl. ] a written record of money that is owed to a business and of money that has been paid by it :

to do the accounts

the accounts department

—see also expense account , profit and loss account

WITH SHOP / STORE

3.

( BrE also ˈcredit account ) ( NAmE also ˈcharge account ) an arrangement with a shop / store or business to pay bills for goods or services at a later time, for example in regular amounts every month :

Put it on my account please.

We have accounts with most of our suppliers.

➡ note at bill

REGULAR CUSTOMER

4.

( business ) a regular customer :

The agency has lost several of its most important accounts.

COMPUTING

5.

an arrangement that sb has with a company that allows them to use the Internet, send and receive messages by email, etc. :

an Internet / email account

DESCRIPTION

6.

a written or spoken description of sth that has happened :

She gave the police a full account of the incident.

➡ note at report

7.

an explanation or a description of an idea, a theory or a process :

the Biblical account of the creation of the world

IDIOMS

- by / from all accounts

- by your own account

- give a good / poor account of yourself

- of no / little account

- on account

- on sb's account

- on account of sb/sth

- on no account | not on any account

- on your own account

- on this / that account

- put / turn sth to good account

- take account of sth | take sth into account

—more at blow noun , call verb , settle verb

■ verb

[ usually passive ] ( formal ) to have the opinion that sb/sth is a particular thing :

[ vn - adj ]

In English law a person is accounted innocent until they are proved guilty.

[ vn - n ]

The event was accounted a success.

IDIOMS

- there's no accounting for taste

PHRASAL VERBS

- account for sth

- account for sb/sth

- account for sth (to sb)

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English (in the sense counting , to count ): from Old French acont (noun), aconter (verb), based on conter to count.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.