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a written or spoken description that says what happens in an event or process
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.
an arrangement in which a bank keeps your money safe so that you can pay more in or take money out: ➔ bank account, checking account, current account, deposit account, profit and loss account, savings account
at a bankwritten abbreviation a/c or acct.
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).
3 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.
because of something else, especially a problem or difficulty:
She was told to wear flat shoes, on account of her back problem.
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.
a department in a company that is responsible for keeping records of the amount of money spent and received:
Eileen works in accounts.
if you buy goods on account, you take them away with you and pay for them later
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]:
with a shop/company
Can you charge this to my account please?
an unlimited-use Internet account
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.
an arrangement to sell goods and services to another company over a period of time:
arrangement to sell goods
Our sales manager has secured several big accounts recently.
according to what a lot of people say:
It has, from all accounts, been a successful marriage.
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.
by yourself or for yourself:
Carrie decided to do a little research on her own account.
used when saying that someone must not, for any reason, do something:
On no account must you disturb me.
according to what you have said, especially when you have admitted doing something wrong:
Bentley was, by his own account, over-sensitive to criticism.
concerning a particular situation:
There needn't be any more worries on that account.
to do something or perform very well or very badly:
Kevin gave a good account of himself in today's game.
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.
to use something for a good purpose:
Perhaps she could put some of her talents to good account by helping us.
As she grew up, her father was of no account to her.