account (n.)

  1. a record or narrative description of past events; a history of France; he gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president; the story of exposure to lead

    [ Syn: history , chronicle , story ]

  2. the quality of taking advantage; she turned her writing skills to good account'

  3. a short account of the news; the report of his speech; the story was on the 11 oclock news; the account of his speech that was given on the evening news made the governor furious

    [ Syn: report , news report , story , write up ]

  4. a formal contractual relationship established to provide for regular banking or brokerage or business services; he asked to see the executive who handled his account

    [ Syn: business relationship ]

  5. a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.; the explanation was very simple; I expected a brief account

    [ Syn: explanation ]

  6. grounds; dont 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

    [ Syn: score ]

  7. importance or value; a person of considerable account; he predicted that although it is of small account now it will rapidly increase in importance'

  8. a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance; they send me an accounting every month

    [ Syn: accounting , account statement ]

  9. the act of informing by verbal report; he heard reports that they were causing trouble; by all accounts they were a happy couple

    [ Syn: report ]

  10. an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered; he paid his bill and left; send me an account of what I owe

    [ Syn: bill , invoice ]

    account (v.)

  1. be the sole or primary factor in the existence, acquisition, supply, or disposal of something; Passing grades account for half of the grades given in this exam'

  2. keep an account of

    [ Syn: calculate ]

  3. to give an account or representation of in words; Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental

    [ Syn: report , describe ]

  4. furnish a justifying analysis or explanation; I cant account for the missing money

    [ Syn: answer for ]

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