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account

1 noun
     
ac‧count1 S2 W1 [countable]
1

description

a written or spoken description that says what happens in an event or process
account 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 language
eye-witness/first-hand account (=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.
2

at 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 account
3

take account of something

also take something into account to consider or include particular facts or details when making a decision or judgment about something:
These figures do not take account of changes in the rate of inflation.
4

on account of something

because of something else, especially a problem or difficulty:
She was told to wear flat shoes, on account of her back problem.
5

accounts

a) [plural]BF an exact record of the money that a company has received and the money it has spent:
The accounts for last year showed a profit of $2 million.
b) [uncountable]BBC a department in a company that is responsible for keeping records of the amount of money spent and received:
Eileen works in accounts.
6

on account

if you buy goods on account, you take them away with you and pay for them later
7

with 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 [= credit account]:
Can you charge this to my account please?
an unlimited-use Internet account
8

bill

a statement that shows how much money you owe for things you have bought from a shop [= bill]
pay/settle your account (=pay what you owe)
James left the restaurant, settling his account by credit card.
9

arrangement 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 accounts

according to what a lot of people say:
It has, from all accounts, been a successful marriage.
11

on somebody's account

if you do something on someone's account, you do it because you think they want you to:
Please don't change your plans on my account.
12

on your own account

by yourself or for yourself:
Carrie decided to do a little research on her own account.
13

on no account/not on any account

used when saying that someone must not, for any reason, do something:
On no account must you disturb me.
14

by somebody's own account

according to what you have said, especially when you have admitted doing something wrong:
Bentley was, by his own account, over-sensitive to criticism.
15

on that account/on this account

concerning a particular situation:
There needn't be any more worries on that account.
16

give a good/poor account of yourself

to do something or perform very well or very badly:
Kevin gave a good account of himself in today's game.
17

bring/call somebody to account

formal to force someone who is responsible for a mistake or a crime to explain publicly why they did it and punish them for it if necessary:
The people responsible for the accident have never been brought to account.
18

put/turn something to good account

formal to use something for a good purpose:
Perhaps she could put some of her talents to good account by helping us.
19

of no/little account

formal not important:
As she grew up, her father was of no account to her.

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