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1a report or description of an event or experience:a detailed account of what has been achieved an interpretation or rendering of a piece of music:a lively account of Offenbach’s score 2 (abbreviation: acct.) a record or statement of financial expenditure or receipts relating to a particular period or purpose:the ledger contains all the income and expense accounts he submitted a quarterly account
) the department of a company that deals with such records.
3 (abbreviation: acct.) an arrangement by which a body holds funds on behalf of a client or supplies goods or services to the client on credit:a bank account charge it to my account I wanted to get some money from the ATM and check my account I began buying things on account a client having an account with a supplier:selling bibles to established accounts in the North a contract to do work periodically for a client:another agency was awarded the account 4an arrangement by which a user is given personalized access to a computer, website, or application, typically by entering a username and password:we’ve reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account 5importance:money was of no account to her
verb [with object and complement]
consider or regard in a specified way:her visit could not be accounted a success he accounted himself the unluckiest man alive
1give a satisfactory record of (something, typically money, that one is responsible for). provide or serve as a satisfactory explanation or reason for:he was brought before the Board to account for his behavior know the fate or whereabouts of (someone or something), especially after an accident:everyone was accounted for after the floods succeed in killing, destroying, or defeating:the fifth inning accounted for Lyons, who gave up three back-to-back home runs 2supply or make up a specified amount or proportion of:social security accounts for about a third of total public spending