Meaning of account
Pronunciation: (u-kount'), [key]
- an oral or written description of particular events or situations; narrative: an account of the meetings; an account of the trip.
- an explanatory statement of conduct, as to a superior.
- a statement of reasons, causes, etc., explaining some event.
- reason; basis: On this account I'm refusing your offer.
- importance; worth; value; consequence: things of no account.
- estimation; judgment: In his account it was an excellent piece of work.
- an amount of money deposited with a bank, as in a checking or savings account: My account is now with Third National.
- Also calledan 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.
- a statement of financial transactions.
- a formal record of the debits and credits relating to the person, business, etc., named at the head of the ledger account.
- a balance of a specified period's receipts and expenditures.
- The toothpaste account was awarded to a new agency last year.
- a business relation in which credit is used.
- any customer or client, esp. one carried on a regular credit basis.
- Also calledadvertising account.the business assigned to an advertising agency by a client:The toothpaste account was awarded to a new agency last year.
- Call them to account for having endangered their lives.
- to hold accountable; blame; reprimand:Call them to account for having endangered their lives.
- ask for an explanation of.
- to do something or conduct oneself in a good (bad, etc.) manner: She gave a good account of herself in the tennis tournament.
- to hold responsible; hold accountable or culpable: If any of the silver is missing, I'm going to hold you to account.
- as an installment or a partial payment: I can't pay the balance, but here's $10 on account.
- She saw it through on account of me.
- by reason of; because of.
- for the sake of:She saw it through on account of me.
- in any case; under any circumstances.
- under no circumstances; absolutely not: On no account should you buy that painting without having it appraised.
- One must take account of the difficult circumstances. Taking account of the high overhead, the price is not excessive.
- to make allowance for; consider:One must take account of the difficult circumstances. Taking account of the high overhead, the price is not excessive.
- to notice or observe. Also,take into account.
- to derive profit or use from; turn to advantage: She has turned her misfortunes to account.
- to give an explanation (usually fol. by for): to account for the accident.
- to answer concerning one's conduct, duties, etc. (usually fol. by for): to account for the missing typewriters.
- to provide a report on money received, kept, and spent.
- to cause (usually fol. by for): The humidity accounts for our discomfort. His reckless driving accounted for the accident.
- to regard; consider as: I account myself well paid.
- to assign or impute (usually fol. by to): the many virtues accounted to him.
- account (Thesaurus)