account ( accounts plural & 3rd person present) ( accounting present participle) ( accounted past tense & past participle )
1 n-count If you have an account with a bank or a similar organization, you have an arrangement to leave your money there and take some out when you need it.
Some banks make it difficult to open an account..., I had two accounts with Natwest, a savings account and a current account.
2 n-count In business, a regular customer of a company can be referred to as an account, especially when the customer is another company. (BUSINESS)
Biggart Donald, the Glasgow-based marketing agency, has won two Edinburgh accounts.
3 n-count Accounts are detailed records of all the money that a person or business receives and spends. (BUSINESS) usu pl
He kept detailed accounts., ...an account book.
4 n-count An account is a written or spoken report of something that has happened.
with supp, usu N of n
He gave a detailed account of what happened on the fateful night...
6 If you say that something is true by all accounts or from all accounts, you believe it is true because other people say so.
by/from all accounts phrase PHR with cl
He is, by all accounts, a superb teacher.
7 If you say that someone gave a good account of themselves in a particular situation, you mean that they performed well, although they may not have been completely successful.
give a good account of oneself phrase V inflects
The team fought hard and gave a good account of themselves.
8 If you say that something is of no account or of little account, you mean that it is very unimportant and is not worth considering.
of no/little account phrase v-link PHR
These obscure groups were of little account in national politics.
9 If you buy or pay for something on account, you pay nothing or only part of the cost at first, and pay the rest later.
on account phrase PHR after v
He bought two bottles of vodka on account.
10 You use on account of to introduce the reason or explanation for something.
on account of prep-phrase
The President declined to deliver the speech himself, on account of a sore throat...
11 Your feelings on someone's account are the feelings you have about what they have experienced or might experience, especially when you imagine yourself to be in their situation.
on someone's account phrase usu adj/n PHR
Mollie told me what she'd done and I was really scared on her account.
12 If you tell someone not to do something on your account, you mean that they should do it only if they want to, and not because they think it will please you.
on someone's account phrase PHR after v
Don't leave on my account.
13 If you say that something should on no account be done, you are emphasizing that it should not be done under any circumstances.
on no account phrase
On no account should the mixture boil.
14 If you do something on your own account, you do it because you want to and without being asked, and you take responsibility for your own action.
on one's own account phrase PHR after v
I told him if he withdrew it was on his own account.
15 If you take something into account, or take account of something, you consider it when you are thinking about a situation or deciding what to do.
take into account \ take account of phrase V inflects
The defendant asked for 21 similar offences to be taken into account..., Urban planners in practice have to take account of many interest groups in society.
16 If someone is called, held, or brought to account for something they have done wrong, they are made to explain why they did it, and are often criticized or punished for it.
be called/held/brought to account phrase V inflects, oft PHR for n
Ministers should be called to account for their actions. account for
1 phrasal verb If a particular thing accounts for a part or proportion of something, that part or proportion consists of that thing, or is used or produced by it.
Computers account for 5% of the country's commercial electricity consumption. V P n
2 phrasal verb If something accounts for a particular fact or situation, it causes or explains it.
Now, the gene they discovered today doesn't account for all those cases. V P n
3 phrasal verb If you can account for something, you can explain it or give the necessary information about it.
How do you account for the company's alarmingly high staff turnover?... V P n
He said only 200 of the train's 600 passengers had been accounted for. V P n
4 phrasal verb If someone has to account for an action or policy, they are responsible for it, and may be required to explain it to other people or be punished if it fails.
The President and the President alone must account for his government's reforms. V P n
5 phrasal verb If a sum of money is accounted for in a budget, it has been included in that budget for a particular purpose.
(=budget for) The really heavy redundancy costs have been accounted for. be V-ed P
bank account ( bank accounts plural ) A bank account is an arrangement with a bank which allows you to keep your money in the bank and to take some out when you need it. n-count
capital account ( capital accounts plural )
1 n-count A country's capital account is the part of its balance of payments that is concerned with the movement of capital.
2 n-count A capital account is a financial statement showing the capital value of a company on a particular date. (BUSINESS)
checking account ( checking accounts plural ) A checking account is a personal bank account which you can take money out of at any time using your cheque book or cash card.
in BRIT, usually use current account
current account ( current accounts plural )
1 n-count A current account is a personal bank account which you can take money out of at any time using your cheque book or cash card.
His current account was seriously overdrawn.
in AM, use checking account
2 n-count A country's current account is the difference in value between its exports and imports over a particular period of time. (BUSINESS) usu sing, oft N n
Portugal will probably have a small current-account surplus for 1992.
deposit account ( deposit accounts plural ) A deposit account is a type of bank account where the money in it earns interest.
in AM, use savings account
expense account ( expense accounts plural ) An expense account is an arrangement between an employer and an employee which allows the employee to spend the company's money on things relating to their job, for example travelling or looking after clients. (BUSINESS) n-count
He put Elizabeth's motel bill and airfare on his expense account., ...expense account lunches.
A no-account person or thing is one that you consider worthless.
INFORMAL adj usu ADJ n (disapproval)
...a mongrelized, no-account place.