Definition of account
What does the word account mean?
part of speech: verb transitive, intransitive
Consider, regard as, (followed by obj. & complement or infin.; a. him a hero, wise, to be guilty). Be accounted of, be esteemed (alw. w. little, much, &c.). Account for: give reckoning (of money held in trust); answer for (conduct, performance of duty); explain the cause of; serve as explanation of (that accounts for it); (sport) be responsible for the death of, kill. [old French]
part of speech: noun
(1) Counting, calculation, in phrr. cast accounts (reckon up), money of a. (names not of coins, but of sums, as guinea). (2) Reckoning of debit and credit, in money or service. Statement of money received and expended, with balance; so open or close an a. with, render or send in, pay or settle, an a.; a. current (whence a/c =account), one kept going w. occasional entries; joint a., in which two persons not otherwise partners count as one; keep aa., enter all expenditure for comparison w. income; balance or square aa. with some one, receive or pay the balance due; cash, profit-and-loss, &c., a., headings of subdivision in ledger; sale for the a., on the Stock Exch., not for cash, but payable at next periodic settlement; A in a. with B, having credit relations with; for a. of, to be sold for (person); on a., as interim payment; on one\'s a., for his service; on one\'s own a., for and at one\'s own purposes and risk, whence generally on a. of, because of, and on no a., by no means, certainly not. A favourable result of the reckoning, profit; find one\'s a. in, profit by, turn to a., make useful. Statement of administration as required by creditor; ask, demand, yield, render, an a., call or bring to a.; extended from money to conduct generally, so the great a., Day of Judgment, gone to his a., dead; give a. of, find cause of, explain, (in sport) give a good a. of, dispose of (opponents, game) successfully. (3) Estimation. Person or thing of, or held in, some or no a.; make little a. of; take into, leave out of, a.; take a. of; lay one\'s a. with, include in one\'s calculations, expect. (4) Narration, report, description, of event, person, &c. [old French]