What is the meaning of account?


  • A record or narrative description of past events.
    • usage: "a history of France"; "he gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president"; "the story of exposure to lead"
  • A short account of the news.
    • usage: "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"
  • A formal contractual relationship established to provide for regular banking or brokerage or business services.
    • usage: "he asked to see the executive who handled his account"
  • A statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc..
    • usage: "the explanation was very simple"; "I expected a brief account"
  • Grounds.
    • usage: "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"
  • Importance or value.
    • usage: "a person of considerable account"; "he predicted that although it is of small account now it will rapidly increase in importance"
  • A statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance.
    • usage: "they send me an accounting every month"
  • The act of informing by verbal report.
    • usage: "he heard reports that they were causing trouble"; "by all accounts they were a happy couple"
  • An itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered.
    • usage: "he paid his bill and left"; "send me an account of what I owe"
  • The quality of taking advantage.
    • usage: "she turned her writing skills to good account"


  • Be the sole or primary factor in the existence, acquisition, supply, or disposal of something.
    • usage: "Passing grades account for half of the grades given in this exam"
  • Keep an account of.
  • To give an account or representation of in words.
    • usage: "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental"
  • Furnish a justifying analysis or explanation.
    • usage: "I can't account for the missing money"
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APAWordNet. (2010). account. Retrieved September 26, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/account/definitions/1211772
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "account" http://smartdefine.org/account/definitions/1211772 (accessed September 26, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, account, Smart Define, viewed 26 September, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/account/definitions/1211772>.
MLAWordNet. "account" 23 October 2010. Web. 26 September 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/account/definitions/1211772>
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