Meaning of ACCOUNT in English


I. ə-ˈkau̇nt noun

Etymology: Middle English acounte, accompte, from Anglo-French acunte, from acunter

Date: 14th century

1. archaic : reckoning , computation


a. : a record of debit and credit entries to cover transactions involving a particular item or a particular person or concern

b. : a statement of transactions during a fiscal period and the resulting balance


a. : a statement explaining one's conduct

b. : a statement or exposition of reasons, causes, or motives

no satisfactory account of these phenomena

c. : a reason for an action : basis

on that account I must refuse


a. : a formal business arrangement providing for regular dealings or services (as banking, advertising, or store credit) and involving the establishment and maintenance of an account ; also : client , customer

b. : money deposited in a bank account and subject to withdrawal by the depositor


a. : value , importance

it's of no account to me

b. : esteem

stood high in their account

6. : advantage

turned her wit to good account


a. : careful thought : consideration

have to take many things into account

b. : a usually mental record : track

keep account of all you do

8. : a description of facts, conditions, or events : report , narrative

the newspaper account of the fire

by all account s they're well-off

also : performance

a straightforward account of the sonata

- on account

- on account of

- on no account

- on one's own account

II. verb

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French acunter, from a- (from Latin ad- ) + cunter to count

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to think of as : consider

account s himself lucky

2. : to probe into : analyze

intransitive verb

1. : to furnish a justifying analysis or explanation — used with for

couldn't account for the loss


a. : to be the sole or primary factor — used with for

the pitcher account ed for all three putouts

b. : to bring about the capture, death, or destruction of something — used with for

account ed for two rabbits

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.