• The author doing a little washing on his own account
    The author doing a little washing on his own account
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v account furnish a justifying analysis or explanation "I can't account for the missing money"
    • v account to give an account or representation of in words "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental"
    • v account keep an account of
    • v account be the sole or primary factor in the existence, acquisition, supply, or disposal of something "Passing grades account for half of the grades given in this exam"
    • n account the quality of taking advantage "she turned her writing skills to good account"
    • n account importance or value "a person of considerable account","he predicted that although it is of small account now it will rapidly increase in importance"
    • n account a record or narrative description of past events "a history of France","he gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president","the story of exposure to lead"
    • n account an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered "he paid his bill and left","send me an account of what I owe"
    • n account a short account of the news "the report of his speech","the story was on the 11 o'clock news","the account of his speech that was given on the evening news made the governor furious"
    • n account a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc. "the explanation was very simple","I expected a brief account"
    • n account the act of informing by verbal report "he heard reports that they were causing trouble","by all accounts they were a happy couple"
    • n account grounds "don't do it on my account","the paper was rejected on account of its length","he tried to blame the victim but his success on that score was doubtful"
    • n account a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance "they send me an accounting every month"
    • n account a formal contractual relationship established to provide for regular banking or brokerage or business services "he asked to see the executive who handled his account"
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Account cards Account cards

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building
    • Account A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning; as, the Julian account of time. "A beggarly account of empty boxes."
    • Account A registry of pecuniary transactions; a written or printed statement of business dealings or debts and credits, and also of other things subjected to a reckoning or review; as, to keep one's account at the bank.
    • Account A statement and explanation or vindication of one's conduct with reference to judgment thereon. "Give an account of thy stewardship."
    • Account A statement in general of reasons, causes, grounds, etc., explanatory of some event; as, no satisfactory account has been given of these phenomena. Hence, the word is often used simply for reason ground consideration motive, etc.; as, on no account, on every account, on all accounts .
    • Account A statement of facts or occurrences; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description; as, an account of a battle. "A laudable account of the city of London."
    • Account An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment. "To stand high in your account ."
    • Account Importance; worth; value; advantage; profit. "Men of account .""To turn to account ."
    • Account To give a satisfactory reason; to tell the cause of; to explain; -- with for; as, idleness accounts for poverty. "Newer was preaching more accounted of than in the sixteenth century."
    • Account To place to one's account; to put to the credit of; to assign; -- with to.
    • Account To reckon; to compute; to count. "The motion of . . . the sun whereby years are accounted ."
    • Account To recount; to relate.
    • Account To render an account; to answer in judgment; -- with for; as, we must account for the use of our opportunities.
    • Account To render or receive an account or relation of particulars; as, an officer must account with or to the treasurer for money received.
    • Account To value, estimate, or hold in opinion; to judge or consider; to deem. "Accounting that God was able to raise him up."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Males account for 60% of toy injuries that occur in the U.S
    • account To count or reckon as; deem; consider; think; hold to be.
    • account To reckon or compute; count.
    • account To assign or impute; give the credit of; reckon as belonging or attributable.
    • account To give an account, reason, or explanation of; explain.
    • account To take into consideration.
    • account To recount; relate.
    • account To render an account or relation of particulars; answer in a responsible character: followed by with or to before a person, and by for before a thing: as, an officer must account with or to the treasurer for money received.
    • account To furnish or assign a reason or reasons; give an explanation: with for: as, idleness accounts for poverty.
    • account To reckon; count.
    • n account A reckoning, an enumeration, or a computation; method of computing: as, the Julian account of time.
    • n account A reckoning of money or business; a statement or record of financial or pecuniary transactions, with their debits and credits, or of money received and paid and the balance on hand or due: as, to keep accounts; to make out an account.
    • n account A course of business dealings or relations requiring the keeping of records: as, to have an account with the bank.
    • n account On the stock exchange, that part of the transactions between buyer and seller to be settled on the fortnightly or monthly settling-day: as, I have sold A. B. 500 shares for the account.
    • n account Narrative; relation; statement of facts; a recital, verbal or written, of particular transactions and events: as, an account of the revolution in France.
    • n account A statement of reasons, causes, grounds, etc., explanatory of some event: as, no satisfactory account has yet been given of these phenomena.
    • n account An explanatory statement or vindication of one's conduct, such as is given to a superior.
    • n account Reason or consideration; ground: used with on: as, on all accounts; on every account; on account of.
    • n account Estimation; esteem; distinction; dignity; consequence or importance.
    • n account Profit; advantage: as, to find one's account in a pursuit; to turn anything to account.
    • n account Regard; behalf; sake: as, all this trouble I have incurred on your account.
    • n account Sometimes spelled accompt.
    • account Accounted; reckoned.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Brazil accounts for almost 1/3 of the world's coffee production, producing over 3-1/3 billion pounds of coffee each year.
    • v.t Account ak-kownt′ to reckon: to judge, value
    • v.i Account (with for) to give a reason: to give an account of money held in trust
    • n Account a counting: statement: value: sake: a reckoning as to money, as in phrases like, 'to render an account,' 'to settle an account,' 'to square accounts' with any one, &c
    • ***


  • Morris Hite
    Morris Hite
    “No agency is better than its account executives.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Genealogy. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.”
  • Euripides
    “Events will take their course, it is no good of being angry at them; he is happiest who wisely turns them to the best account.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “With regard to donations always expect the most from prudent people, who keep their own accounts.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “If a book comes from the heart it will contrive to reach other hearts. All art and author craft are of small account to that.”
  • Proverb
    “When two friends have a common bank account, one sings and the other weeps.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. acounten, accompten, OF. aconter, à,L. ad,) + conter, to count. F. conter, to tell, compter, to count, L. computare,. See Count (v. t.)


In literature:

The account of this unfortunate circumstance is so fully detailed in Captain E.P.
"Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez. Vol II" by Sir John Ross
His accounts have been annually audited by a competent committee.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
The accounts of the particular articles in detail, not being here, I am unable to explain every charge in Mr Grand's account.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. I" by Various
I had authority to draw from his Excellency, Dr Franklin, on account of my salary.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. VIII" by Various
We shall now attempt to account for the formation of the lunar craters.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
The force of Canada by some accounts is more, by others less, than five thousand.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. XI" by Various
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
The best account, indeed the only trustworthy account of the conference, is that which was taken from Pitt's own mouth by Lord Hardwicke.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
This can be done, it is claimed, without being accountable for moral evils connected with their administration.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
His distress at this inability to remember, to account for himself, to himself or any one else, was almost painful to witness.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan

In poetry:

On account of rain
To Tamino Isle, raincoat clad,
I went today, yet
Naniwa, so well-known, conceals
The place!
"On account of rain" by Ki no Tsurayuki
"O heavy news!" King James did say,
"Scotland may witness be
I have not any captain more
Of such account as he!"
"Chevy Chase" by Henry Morley
"And then I've been so worried–
Clarissa had a fit;
And the doctor said he couldn't
In the least account for it."
"Mammas and Babies" by Kate Greenaway
"O heavy newes," King James did say;
"Scotland can witnesse bee,
I have not any captaine more
Of such account as hee."
"The More Modern Ballad of Chevy Chace" by Anonymous British
The sparrows of the air of small account:
Our God doth view
Whether they fall or mount,—
He guards us too.
"Consider" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
And of the rest of small account,
Did many hundreds die:
Thus ended the hunting in Chevy Chase
Made by the Earl Piercy.
"Chevy Chase" by Henry Morley

In news:

Key Public Power Account Executive (KPPAE), The APPA Key Accounts Certificate Program.
What I think is really happening in Egypt is a debate about accountability and how much a democratically elected president should be accountable .
Players who aren't accountable to themselves can never be held accountable to each other or their coaches.
IDC Health Insights announced the launch of the Accountable Care IT Strategies advisory service to provide in-depth research on the critical technologies for both public and private accountable care programs.
The Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants recently recognized 160 candidates who passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination.
The accountant assigned to the task by accounting firm Jefferson, Urian, Doane and Sterner, Charly Cursio, was already on site Monday before the Berlin Mayor and Council meeting, Lynch noted.
Paychex, Inc has launched its newly redesigned Paychex Accountant Knowledge Center, a free online resource available through that brings valuable information and time-saving online tools to accounting professionals.
Ledger accounts, and providing input to special accounting /bidget projects, completion of financial statements and reports and approval of coding of accounts payable vouchers.
Accountants skilled in conducting financial and strategic analysis, as well as newly qualified accountants are also much in demand.
Accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll.
Business Index Accountants Accounting Solutions & Automation, Inc.
Accountants in public practice and industry who want to remain up-to-date on accounting , auditing, compilation and review pronouncements.
Cohen and Company, CPAs Expands Washington DC Area Audit, Tax and Business Advisory Services in Merger of the Accounting Firm of Michael A Kane Chartered Accountants .
Even as a young accountant , it was an essential trait I learned, because listening and understanding another accountant with many years of experience helped me grow and increase my skill set at an exponential pace.
Two longtime El Paso accountants are merging their firm into one of the city's larger accounting firms.

In science:

By careful studies of the timing and energy correlations among the distinct α signatures, precise information can be obtained on the radioactive contaminants in the cases where the 238U and 232Th decay series are not in equilibrium, so that the associated β /γ background can be accounted for accurately.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
Similarly, the residual β -decays of 40K and 137Cs can be accounted for based on their respective characteristic γ -lines measure-able from the data.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
Since no finite approximation P (N ) accounts for arbitrarily fine structures one encounters the aforementioned loss of probability from resolved to unresolved scales.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
The truncated Frobenius-Perron operator P (N ) maps δp,n into P (N )δp,n = rp δp,n+1 with the real positive factor rp smaller than unity accounting for losses, in particular to unresolved scales.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
The minor discrepancy between the GUE prediction and the bus data can be explained taking into account the fact that the bus data do not represent the full record.
The statistical properties of the city transport in Cuernavaca (Mexico) and Random matrix ensembles