(noun, verb)


1. a record or narrative description of past events

- he gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president

Similar word(s): chronicle, history, story

Definition categories: communication, record

2. a short account of the news

- the account of his speech that was given on the evening news made the governor furious

Similar word(s): report, story

Definition categories: communication, news

3. 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

Definition categories: state, relationship

4. a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.

- I expected a brief account

Similar word(s): explanation

Definition categories: communication, statement

5. grounds

- don't do it on my account

- the paper was rejected on account of its length

Similar word(s): score

Definition categories: motive, ground, reason

6. importance or value

- a person of considerable account

- he predicted that although it is of small account now it will rapidly increase in importance

Definition categories: attribute, importance

7. a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance

- they send me an accounting every month

Similar word(s): accounting

Definition categories: possession, statement

8. the act of informing by verbal report

- by all accounts they were a happy couple

Similar word(s): report

Definition categories: communication, informing

9. an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered

- send me an account of what I owe

Similar word(s): bill, invoice

Definition categories: communication, statement

10. the quality of taking advantage

- she turned her writing skills to good account

Definition categories: attribute, gain, profit

Sentences with account as a noun:

- to keep one's account at the bank.

- No satisfactory account has been given of these phenomena.

- on no account

- on every account

- on all accounts

- An account of a battle.

- I've opened an account with Wikipedia so that I can contribute and partake in the project.


1. 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

Definition categories: stative, be

2. keep an account of

Similar word(s): calculate

Definition categories: possession

3. to give an account or representation of in words

Similar word(s): describe, report

Definition categories: communication, inform

4. furnish a justifying analysis or explanation

- I can't account for the missing money

Definition categories: communication, declare

Sentences with account as a verb:

- An officer must account with or to the treasurer for money received.

- We must account for the use of our opportunities.

- Idleness accounts for poverty.

- After the crash, not all passengers were accounted for.