Definition of Account

n.1.A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning; as, the Julian account of time.
A beggarly account of empty boxes.
- Shak.
2.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.
3.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.
4.A statement of facts or occurrences; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description; as, an account of a battle.
5.A statement and explanation or vindication of one's conduct with reference to judgment thereon.
Give an account of thy stewardship.
- Luke xvi. 2.
6.An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment.
7.Importance; worth; value; advantage; profit.
Account current
a running or continued account between two or more parties, or a statement of the particulars of such an account.
In account with
in a relation requiring an account to be kept.
On account of
for the sake of; by reason of; because of.
On one's own account
for one's own interest or behalf.
To make account
to have an opinion or expectation; to reckon.
This other part . . . makes account to find no slender arguments for this assertion out of those very scriptures which are commonly urged against it.
- Milton.
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Accounted; p. pr. & vb. n. Accounting.]
1.To reckon; to compute; to count.
The motion of . . . the sun whereby years are accounted.
- Sir T. Browne.
2.To place to one's account; to put to the credit of; to assign; - with to.
3.To value, estimate, or hold in opinion; to judge or consider; to deem.
Accounting that God was able to raise him up.
- Heb. xi. 19.
4.To recount; to relate.
v. i.1.To render or receive an account or relation of particulars; as, an officer must account with or to the treasurer for money received.
2.To render an account; to answer in judgment; - with for; as, we must account for the use of our opportunities.
3.To give a satisfactory reason; to tell the cause of; to explain; - with for; as, idleness accounts for poverty.
To account of
to esteem; to prize; to value. Now used only in the passive.
- Shak.
Newer was preaching more accounted of than in the sixteenth century.
- Canon Robinson.

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