Meaning of ACCOUNT in English


/euh kownt"/ , n.

1. an oral or written description of particular events or situations; narrative: an account of the meetings; an account of the trip.

2. an explanatory statement of conduct, as to a superior.

3. a statement of reasons, causes, etc., explaining some event.

4. reason; basis: On this account I'm refusing your offer.

5. importance; worth; value; consequence: things of no account.

6. estimation; judgment: In his account it was an excellent piece of work.

7. an amount of money deposited with a bank, as in a checking or savings account: My account is now with Third National.

8. Also called charge account . an accommodation or service extended by a business to a customer or client permitting the charging of goods or services, the returning for credit of unsatisfactory merchandise, etc.: Do you have an account at this store? My account with the restaurant is past due.

9. a statement of financial transactions.

10. Bookkeeping.

a. a formal record of the debits and credits relating to the person, business, etc., named at the head of the ledger account.

b. a balance of a specified period's receipts and expenditures.

11. Com.

a. a business relation in which credit is used.

b. any customer or client, esp. one carried on a regular credit basis.

c. Also called advertising account . the business assigned to an advertising agency by a client: The toothpaste account was awarded to a new agency last year.

12. call to account ,

a. to hold accountable; blame; reprimand: Call them to account for having endangered their lives.

b. ask for an explanation of.

13. give a good (bad , etc. ) account of , to do something or conduct oneself in a good (bad, etc.) manner: She gave a good account of herself in the tennis tournament.

14. hold to account , to hold responsible; hold accountable or culpable: If any of the silver is missing, I'm going to hold you to account.

15. on account , as an installment or a partial payment: I can't pay the balance, but here's $10 on account.

16. on account of ,

a. by reason of; because of.

b. for the sake of: She saw it through on account of me.

17. on all accounts , in any case; under any circumstances. Also, at all accounts .

18. on no account , under no circumstances; absolutely not: On no account should you buy that painting without having it appraised.

19. take account of ,

a. to make allowance for; consider: One must take account of the difficult circumstances. Taking account of the high overhead, the price is not excessive.

b. to notice or observe. Also, take into account .

20. turn to account , to derive profit or use from; turn to advantage: She has turned her misfortunes to account.


21. to give an explanation (usually fol. by for ): to account for the accident.

22. to answer concerning one's conduct, duties, etc. (usually fol. by for ): to account for the missing typewriters.

23. to provide a report on money received, kept, and spent.

24. to cause (usually fol. by for ): The humidity accounts for our discomfort. His reckless driving accounted for the accident.


25. to regard; consider as: I account myself well paid.

26. to assign or impute (usually fol. by to ): the many virtues accounted to him.

[ 1225-75; (n.) ME a ( c ) ount ( e ), ac ( c ) ompte aco ( u ) nte, acompte; (v.) ME ac ( co ) unten acunter, acompter. See AC-, COUNT 1 ]

Syn. 1. report, chronicle. See narrative. 2. justification. 5. import, significance. 6. consideration.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .