Meaning of ACCOUNT in English


I. əˈkau̇nt also aˈ- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English acount, accompt, from Old French aconte, from aconter, v.

1. archaic : counting , enumeration , computation

a pupil good at account


a. : a record of debit and credit entries chronologically posted to a ledger page from books of original entry to cover transactions involving a particular item (as cash or notes receivable) or a particular person or concern

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

3. : a collection of items to be balanced — usually used in plural

4. : a statement or explanation of one's activities, conduct, and discharge of responsibilities especially in financial administration

he could give no satisfactory account of what he had done with the money


a. : a periodically rendered reckoning (as one listing charged purchases and credits)

a grocery account

b. : the patronage involved in establishing or maintaining an account : business : business relationship

glad to secure that customer's account

also : patron , customer , client

a salesman with many good accounts


a. : value or importance especially as attributed by others

an official of considerable account

b. : esteem , judgment

he stands high in their account

7. : profit , advantage

he turned his wit to good account


a. : a statement or exposition of underlying or explanatory reasons, causes, grounds, or motives

no satisfactory account has been given of these phenomena

b. : a reason giving rise to an action, decision, opinion, or any other result : basis

on that account he refused the offer

on all accounts you must do it

c. : attention , consideration : careful thought

don't leave that point out of account

take account of what you are doing

d. : a usually mental record based on close observation

keep careful account of all you do


a. : a statement of facts or events

a newspaper remarkable for its sober accounts of the theater world

b. : an informative report or descriptive narration

an account of the varieties of tropical vegetation

the account of a battle

c. : a study or narrative usually nonfictional and wholly objective

an illuminating account of colonial days

10. : hearsay — usually used in plural

by all accounts he is very rich

he has been quite successful, from all accounts

11. : a sum of money or its equivalent deposited in the common cash of a bank and subject to withdrawal at the option of the depositor

12. : a common-law action for a statement of receipts and disbursements and the recovery of any balance due ; also : the writ by which it was brought

13. : the fortnightly or monthly settlement between buyers and sellers on the London Stock Exchange ; also : the period from one such settlement to another — usually used with the ; compare account days , term settlement

14. : performance or rendition (as of a musical composition)

the pianist gave a sensitive account of it

Synonyms: see use II

- for account of

- for the account

- for the account and risk of

- in account with

- on account of

- on one's own account

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English accounten, acounten, accompten, from Middle French aconter, acompter, from a- (from Latin ad- ) + conter, compter to count — more at count

transitive verb


a. obsolete : to calculate the numerical quantity of : count

my father and my mother account the days — William Caxton

b. obsolete : to determine or establish by comparison with a fixed point or standard

c. obsolete : to include in an enumeration or calculation

accounting the Lent season — Thomas Cogan

d. archaic : credit , allot

e. : to probe into : give an analytical report on : take or render account of

the report will be accounted by the finance committee

2. : to think of as : look upon as : rate, regard, or classify as — usually used passively or reflexively

he was accounted a lawyer of ability — G.S.Bryan

they accounted themselves fortunate

intransitive verb

1. obsolete : count

2. archaic : to give or receive a financial account : settle an account

3. : to furnish a justifying analysis or a detailed explanation of one's financial credits and debits or of the discharge of any of one's responsibilities — used with for

the broker accounted satisfactorily for his expenditures

he could not account for the time spent away from his post

4. : to furnish substantial reasons or a convincing explanation : make clear or reveal basic causes — used with for

a consistent theory which would account for the facts — G.C.Sellery


a. : to be the sole or primary factor in the existence, acquisition, supply, use, or disposal of an indicated thing — used with for

the region accounts for a large part of usable timber

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

his dog accounted for two of the rabbits

Synonyms: see consider , explain

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.