/əˈkaʊnt / (say uh'kownt)

1. a verbal or written recital of particular transactions and events; narrative: an account of everything as it happened.
2. an explanatory statement of conduct, as to a superior.
3. a statement of reasons, causes, etc., explaining some event.
4. consequence; importance: things of no account.
5. estimation; reckoning: by his own account.
6. profit; advantage: to turn anything to account.
7. a statement of pecuniary transactions.
8. a bill, as for service rendered or goods purchased: the petrol account; the electricity account.
9. Bookkeeping
a. a formal record of the debits and credits relating to the person named (or caption placed) at the head of the ledger account.
b. a balance of a specified period's receipts and expenditures.
10. a relationship between a person and a financial institution which implies regularity of trading between the two and the keeping of formal records of this trading by the financial institution: I have an account with the Commonwealth Bank.
11. such a relationship with a department store, garage, etc., which allows the provision of goods and services without immediate cash payment and sometimes with special privileges.
12. access to computing resources obtained by authorisation and authentication of the user.
verb (i)
13. to render an account, especially of money.
verb (t)
14. to count; consider as: I account myself well paid.
15. of or relating to a person with an account: the garage sells petrol to account customers only.
16. account for,
a. to give an explanation of: to account for the accident.
b. to take responsibility for: to account for shortages.
c. to cause the death, defeat, etc., of: he accounted for ten of the enemy.
17. account to, to assign or impute to.
18. bring (or call) to account, to demand explanation or justification of the actions of (someone).
19. by all accounts, according to all reports.
20. for the account, to be paid on the regular settlement day.
21. give a good account of oneself, to acquit oneself well.
22. go to one's account, to go to the Last Judgement; die.
23. in account with, having a credit arrangement with.
24. of little account, of little worth or value.
25. on account of,
a. because of; by reason of.
b. for the sake of.
26. on all accounts, for all reasons or considerations.
27. on (or to) account, as an interim payment.
28. on someone's account, on someone's behalf: I was acting on your account at the time.
29. take into account, to take into consideration; allow for.
{Middle English acunte(n) from Old French acunter, from Late Latin accomptāre}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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