From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishaccountac‧count1 /əˈkaʊnt/ ●●●S1W1 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1description a written or spoken description that says what happens in an event or processaccount 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 languageeye-witness/first-hand account (=a 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.2at 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 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). →bank account, checking account, current account, deposit account, profit and loss account, savings account3 →take account of something4 →on account of something5 →accounts6 →on account7PAY FORwith a shop/company 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 syn credit account 🔊 Can you charge this to my account please? 🔊 an unlimited-use Internet account8bill a statement that shows how much money you owe for things you have bought from a shop syn billpay/settle your account (=pay what you owe) 🔊 James left the restaurant, settling his account by credit card.9arrangement to sell goods 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 accounts11 →on somebody’s account12 →on your own account13 →on no account/not on any account14 →by somebody’s own account15 →on that account/on this account16 →give a good/poor account of yourself17 →bring/call somebody to account18 →put/turn something to good account19 →of no/little accountCOLLOCATIONSverbsgive an accountMarshall gave the police his account of how the fight started.provide an accountFreud has provided an account of the human psyche’s stages of development.write an accountHe later wrote an account of his experiences during the war.read an accountHave you read his account of the journey?ADJECTIVES/NOUN + accounta detailed accountShe gave me a detailed account of what happened at the meeting.a full accountIt is not possible to give a full account of what we discussed.a short accountWhat follows is a short account of the legal procedure.a brief accountThe class were asked to write a brief account of their holidays.a clear accountI’ve tried to write a clear account of the incident.an accurate accountBoth newspapers gave fairly accurate accounts of what had happened.a true accountThe book is a true account of his life and death.a blow-by-blow account (=very detailed)Rosemary gave me a blow-by-blow account of their trip.a graphic account (=very clear with a lot of details, especially unpleasant details)He wrote a graphic account of his time in jail.a vivid account (=so clear that it seems real or like real life)I read a vivid account of his experiences in Egypt.an eye-witness account (=an account of an event, given by the person who saw it happen)an eye-witness account of the attacka first-hand account (=an account of a situation, given by the person who experienced it)a first-hand account of life in the refugee campsconflicting accounts (=different accounts of the same event, that cannot both be true)There were conflicting accounts of what actually happened.THESAURUSaccount a written or spoken description that says what happens in an event or processHe provided the police with a detailed account of what he saw.description something you say or write that gives details about what something or someone is likeThe report gave a brief description of the problem.story an account of something that has happened which may not be true – used especially when people are telling each other about somethingI don’t think he was honest enough to tell us the full story.Her parents did not believe her story.report a written or spoken account of a situation or event, giving people the information they need, especially after studying something as part of your jobThe UN will issue a report on the incident.Initial police reports suggest she was murdered.version a particular person’s account of an event, which is different from the account that another person givesHer version of events has been contradicted by other witnesses.