account
\ \ [14] Account is of Old French origin. It was formed from compter, contercount’ (which derived from Latin computāre) and the prefix a-.
\ \ Its original meaning in English, too, was ‘count’ or ‘count up’; this had disappeared by the end of the 18th century, but its specialized reference to the keeping of financial records is of equal antiquity. Account for, meaning ‘explain’, arose in the mid 18th century.
\ \ Cf.COUNT

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  • account — ► NOUN 1) a description of an event or experience. 2) a record of financial expenditure and receipts. 3) a service through a bank or similar organization by which funds are held on behalf of a client or goods or services are supplied on credit.… …   English terms dictionary

  • account — [ə kount′] vt. [ME acounten < OFr aconter < a , to + conter, to tell < compter < L computare: see COMPUTE] to consider or judge to be; deem; value vi. 1. to furnish a reckoning (to someone) of money received and paid out 2. to make… …   English World dictionary

  • account — I (evaluation) noun appraisal, assessment, com pre rendu, enumeration, financial statement, ledger, list of receipts and payments, ratio, register, statement, statement of debits and credits, statement of pecuniary transactions, tally, valuation… …   Law dictionary

  • Account — Ac*count , 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To render an account; to answer in judgment; with for; as, we must account… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • account — n 1 *use, service, advantage, profit, avail Analogous words: benefit (see corresponding verb at BENEFIT): usefulness, utility (see USE): *worth, value Contrasted words: futility, vanity, fruitlessness, bootlessness (see corresponding adjectives… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • account — The phrase on account of is a slightly formal preposition meaning ‘because of’ • (He remained miserable and ashamed, largely on account of his appetite which continued to torment him Anita Brookner, 1988). Its use (with or without of) as a… …   Modern English usage

  • account — [n1] written description of past events ABCs*, annal, blow by blow*, bulletin, chronicle, detail, explanation, history, lowdown*, make*, narration, narrative, play by play*, recital, report, run down, score, story, tab, take, tale, the picture*,… …   New thesaurus

  • Account — Ac*count , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Accounted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Accounting}.] [OE. acounten, accompten, OF. aconter, [ a] (L. ad) + conter to count. F. conter to tell, compter to count, L. computare. See {Count}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. To reckon;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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