Etymology: Middle English acounte, accompte, from Anglo-French acunte, from acunter
Date: 14th century
1. archaic reckoning, computation
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
a. a statement explaining one's conduct
b. a statement or exposition of reasons, causes, or motives <no satisfactory account of these phenomena> c. a reason for an action ; basis <on that account I must refuse> 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> b. esteem <stood high in their account> 6. advantage <turned her wit to good account> 7. a. careful thought ; consideration <have to take many things into account> b. a usually mental record ; track <keep account of all you do> 8. a description of facts, conditions, or events ; report, narrative <the newspaper account of the fire> <by all accounts they're well-off>; also performance <a straightforward account of the sonata> 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> 2. to probe into ; analyze intransitive verb 1. to furnish a justifying analysis or explanation — used with for <couldn't account for the loss> 2. a. to be the sole or primary factor — used with for <the pitcher accounted for all three putouts> b. to bring about the capture, death, or destruction of something — used with for <accounted for two rabbits>
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.