account
I. noun Etymology: Middle English acounte, accompte, from Anglo-French acunte, from acunter Date: 14th century 1. archaic reckoning, computation 2. a. a record of debit and credit entries to cover transactions involving a particular item or a particular person or concern b. a statement of transactions during a fiscal period and the resulting balance 3. a. a statement explaining one's conduct b. a statement or exposition of reasons, causes, or motives <
no satisfactory account of these phenomena
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c. a reason for an action ; basis <
on that account I must refuse
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4. a. a formal business arrangement providing for regular dealings or services (as banking, advertising, or store credit) and involving the establishment and maintenance of an account; also client, customer b. money deposited in a bank account and subject to withdrawal by the depositor 5. a. value, importance <
it's of no account to me
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b. esteem <
stood high in their account
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6. advantage <
turned her wit to good account
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7. a. careful thought ; consideration <
have to take many things into account
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b. a usually mental record ; track <
keep account of all you do
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8. a description of facts, conditions, or events ; report, narrative <
the newspaper account of the fire
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<
by all accounts they're well-off
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; also performance <
a straightforward account of the sonata
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II. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French acunter, from a- (from Latin ad-) + cunter to count Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to think of as ; consider <
accounts himself lucky
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2. to probe into ; analyze intransitive verb 1. to furnish a justifying analysis or explanation — used with for <
couldn't account for the loss
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2. a. to be the sole or primary factor — used with for <
the pitcher accounted for all three putouts
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b. to bring about the capture, death, or destruction of something — used with for <
accounted for two rabbits
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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