ac|count1 W1S2 [əˈkaunt] n
2¦(at a bank)¦
3 take account of something
4 on account of something
5 accounts
6 on account
7¦(with a shop/company)¦
9¦(arrangement to sell goods)¦
10 by/from all accounts
11 on somebody's account
12 on your own account
13 on no account/not on any account
14 by somebody's own account
15 on that account/on this account
16 give a good/poor account of yourself
17 bring/call somebody to account
18 put/turn something to good account
19 of no/little account
a written or spoken description that says what happens in an event or process
account of
He was too shocked to give an account of what had happened.
blow-by-blow account
(=a description of all the details of an event in the order that they happened)
a blow-by-blow account of how England lost to Portugal
Chomsky's account of how children learn their first language
eye-witness/first-hand account
(=description of events by someone who saw them)
Eye-witness accounts told of the unprovoked shooting of civilians.
This gives a first-hand account of the war.
2.) ¦(AT A BANK)¦
written abbreviation a/c
or acct.
an arrangement in which a bank keeps your money safe so that you can pay more in or take money out
My salary is paid directly into my bank account.
I've opened an account with Barclay's Bank.
My husband and I have a joint account (=one that is shared between two people) .
3.) take account of sth also 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 sth
because of something else, especially a problem or difficulty
She was told to wear flat shoes, on account of her back problem.
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 records of the amount of money spent and received
Eileen works in accounts.
6.) on account
if you buy goods on account, you take them away with you and pay for them later
an arrangement that you have with a shop or company, which allows you to buy goods or use a service now and pay for them later
Can you charge this to my account please?
an unlimited-use Internet account
8.) ¦(BILL)¦
a statement that shows how much money you owe for things you have bought from a shop
= ↑bill
pay/settle your account
(=pay what you owe)
James left the restaurant, settling his account by credit card.
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 has, from all accounts, been a successful marriage.
11.) on sb's account
if you do something on someone's account, you do it because you think they want you to
Please don't change your plans 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 any reason, do something
On no account must you disturb me when I'm working.
14.) by sb's own account
according to what you have said, especially when you have admitted doing something wrong
Bentley was, by his own account, over-sensitive to criticism.
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/little account
formal not important
As she grew up, her father was of no account to her.
account 2
account2 W2 v
account for [account for sth] phr v
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: acompter, from compter 'to count']
1.) to form a particular amount or part of something
Afro-Americans account for 12% of the US population.
2.) to be the reason why something happens
= ↑explain
Recent pressure at work may account for his behavior.
3.) to give a satisfactory explanation of why something has happened or why you did something
= ↑explain
Can you account for your movements on that night?
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
Three days after the earthquake, more than 150 people had still to be accounted for.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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