account

1 noun
1 DESCRIPTION (C)
a) a written or spoken description which gives details of an event: There were several different accounts of the story in the newspapers. | give an account: David gave us a vivid account of his trip to Rio. | blow-by-blow account (=a description of the details of all an event in the order that they happened) | eyewitness account (=a description of events by someone who saw them): an eyewitness account of the robbery | firsthand account (=a description of events by someone who saw or took part in them): her fascinating firsthand account of the Chinese Cultural Revolution
b) a detailed scientific description of a process which explains how it happens and what makes it possible: Chomsky's account of how children learn their first language
2 AT A BANK written abbreviation a/c (C) an arrangement that you have with a bank to pay in or take out money: My salary is paid directly into my bank account. | joint account (=one that is shared by two people)
-see also: bank account, checking account, current account, deposit account, profit and loss account, savings account
3 take account of sth/take sth into account to consider or include particular facts or details when making a decision or judgment about something: These figures do not take account of changes in the rate of inflation.
4 on account of because of something else, especially because of a problem or difficulty: He can't run very fast on account of his asthma.
5 accounts
a) (plural) an exact record of the money that a company has received and the money it has spent: The accounts for last year showed a profit of $2 million.
b) (U) a department in a company that is responsible for keeping these records: Eileen works in accounts.
6 on account if you buy goods on account, you take them away with you and pay for them later
7 WITH A SHOP (C) an arrangement that you have with a shop which allows you to buy goods and pay for them later; credit account: Can you charge this to my account please?
8 BILL (C) a statement of money that you owe for things you have bought from a shop; bill: pay/settle your account (=pay what you owe): Accounts must be settled within 30 days.
9 ARRANGEMENT TO SELL GOODS (C) an arrangement to sell goods and services to another company over a period of time: Our Sales Manager has secured several big accounts recently.
10 by/from all accounts according to what a lot of people say: It's a very exciting film by all accounts.
11 on my/his etc account if you do something on someone's account, you do it because you think they want you to: Please don't leave on my account.
12 on your own account by yourself or for yourself: Carrie decided to do a little research on her own account.
13 on no account/not on any account used when saying that someone must not, for whatever reason, do something: On no account must you tell him about our plans.
14 by your own account according to what you have said, especially when you have admitted doing something wrong: By his own account he was driving too fast.
15 on that account/on this account concerning a particular situation: There needn't be any more worries on that account.
16 give a good/poor account of yourself to do something or perform very well or very badly: Kevin gave a good account of himself in today's game.
17 bring/call sb to account formal to force someone who is responsible for a mistake or a crime to explain publicly why they did it and punish them for it if necessary: The people responsible for the accident have never been brought to account.
18 put/turn sth to good account formal to use something for a good purpose: Perhaps she could put some of her talents to good account by helping us
19 of no account/of little account formal not important: Don't worry about what he said, it's of no account.
20 of some account formal quite important
2 verb (T) account for sth phrasal verb (T)
1 to be the reason why something happens: Recent pressure at work may account for his behavior.
2 to give a satisfactory explanation of why something has happened or why you did something: How do you account for the sudden disappearance of the murder weapon?
3 to make up a particular amount or part of something: Imports from Japan accounted for 40% of the total.
4 to say where all the members of a group of people or things are, especially because you are worried that some of them may be lost: Is everyone accounted for?
5 there's no accounting for taste informal used when you find it difficult to understand why someone likes something or wants to do something

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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