• (US) IPA(key): /ə.ˈkaʊnt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aʊnt
  • Hyphenation: ac‧count

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English acounte, from Anglo-Norman acunte (account), from Old French aconte, from aconter (to reckon), from Latin computō (to sum up).


account (plural accounts)

  1. (accounting) A registry of pecuniary transactions; a written or printed statement of business dealings or debts and credits, and also of other things subjected to a reckoning or review. [from c. 1300]
  2. (banking) A bank account.
    • 1910, Journal of the American Bankers Association Vol. XI, No. 1, American Bankers Association, page 3:
      The Pueblo bank has advised that the operator opened an account at that bank with currency, and a few days later withdrew the amount.
  3. A statement in general of reasons, causes, grounds, etc., explanatory of some event; a reason of an action to be done.
    Synonyms: accounting, explanation
    • 2012 January 1, Stephen Ledoux, “Behaviorism at 100”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 1, page 60:
      Becoming more aware of the progress that scientists have made on behavioral fronts can reduce the risk that other natural scientists will resort to mystical agential accounts when they exceed the limits of their own disciplinary training.
    No satisfactory account has been given of these phenomena.
  4. A reason, grounds, consideration, motive; a person's sake.
    Don't trouble yourself on my account.
    on no account
    on every account
    on all accounts
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 16]”, in Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483:
      [] who evidently a glutton for work, it struck him, was having a quiet forty winks for all intents and purposes on his own private account while Dublin slept.
  5. A record of events; a relation or narrative. [from c. 1610]
    Synonyms: narrative, narration, relation, recital, report, description, explanation
    An account of a battle.
    • 1657, James Howell, Londonopolis: An Historical Discourse or Perlustration of the City of London
      A laudible account of the city of London.
    • 1920, Carl D. Buck, “Hittite an Indo-European Language?”, in Classical Philology, volume 15, number 2, DOI:10.1086/360279, page 185:
      The study of the main body of Hittite texts was intrusted[sic] to the Austrian scholar Hrozny, who in 1915 published a preliminary account of his results []
    • 2000, Yunzhong Shu, chapter 2, in Buglers on the Home Front: The Wartime Practice of the Qiyue School, State University of New York Press, page 58:
      In a lapidary style, Qiu Dongping clearly and forcefully describes battlefield actions with simple sentences, giving a blow-by-blow account of successive events with neither understatement nor exaggeration.
  6. An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment.
  7. Importance; worth; value; esteem; judgement.
    • 1725, Homer; [Alexander Pope], transl., “Book XIV”, in The Odyssey of Homer. [], volume III, London: [] Bernard Lintot, OCLC 8736646, footnote:
      There is a peculiarity in Homer's manner of apostrophizing Eumaeus, and speaking of him in the second person; it is generally apply'd by that Poet only to men of account and distinction, and by it the Poet, as it were, adresses them with respect
  8. Authorization as a specific registered user in accessing a system.
    • 2000, Sean Mooney, 5,110 Days in Tokyo and Everything's Hunky-dory, page 66:
      In these cases, the agency has to buy through another ad agency that has an account with the media vehicle in question.
    • 2002, Whizkids Data Creation:
      For example, to register an account with Hotmail, you should type on the Address bar of your browser to go to the Hotmail e-mail service WEB page.
    • 2006, Michael Miller, Choosing an Online Payment Service:
      While the buyer might have to create an account with the online payment service, this account is free; the account exists only to facilitate future transactions, since the buyer's address and payment information doesn't have to be re-entered for each new transaction.
    • 2009, Jason Rich, Design and Launch an Online Web Design Business in a Week, page 223:
      Depending on the shipping options you plan to offer to your customers, you'll probably need to open shipping accounts with FedEx, UPS, and perhaps other couriers as well.
    • 2014, Brad Miser, My iPhone (Covers iOS 8 on iPhone 6/6 Plus, 5S/5C/5, and 4S), page 71:
      Of course, to use iCloud on your iPhone, you need to have an iCloud account.
    Synonyms: membership, registration
    Meronym: username
    I've opened an account with Wikipedia so that I can contribute and partake in the project.
  9. (archaic) A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning.
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
      It seems that this severity weakened his frame, for three years syne come Martinmas he was taken ill with a fever of the bowels, and after a week's sickness he went to his account, where I trust he is accepted.
  10. (uncountable) Profit; advantage.
    The young man soon turned his woodworking skills to some account.
Usage notesEdit
Derived termsEdit
  • Japanese: アカウント (akaunto)
  • Swahili: akaunti
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old French acounter, accomptere et al., from a- + conter (to count)). Compare count.


account (third-person singular simple present accounts, present participle accounting, simple past and past participle accounted)

  1. To provide explanation.
    1. (obsolete, transitive) To present an account of; to answer for, to justify. [14th-17th c.]
    2. (intransitive, now rare) To give an account of financial transactions, money received etc. [from 14th c.]
    3. (transitive) To estimate, consider (something to be as described). [from 14th c.]
      Synonyms: see Thesaurus:deem
      • 1843 April, Thomas Carlyle, chapter 8, in Past and Present, New York, N.Y.: William H. Colyer, [], published May 1843, OCLC 10193956, book III (The Modern Worker):
        The Pagan Hercules, why was he accounted a hero?
    4. (intransitive) To consider that. [from 14th c.]
    5. (intransitive) To give a satisfactory evaluation for financial transactions, money received etc. [from 15th c.]
      An officer must account with or to the treasurer for money received.
    6. (intransitive) To give a satisfactory evaluation for (one's actions, behaviour etc.); to answer for. [from 16th c.]
      We must account for the use of our opportunities.
    7. (intransitive) To give a satisfactory reason for; to explain. [from 16th c.]
      Idleness accounts for poverty.
    8. (intransitive) To establish the location for someone. [from 19th c.]
      After the crash, not all passengers were accounted for.
    9. (intransitive) To cause the death, capture, or destruction of someone or something (+ for). [from 19th c.]
      • 1848, Thackeray, William Makepeace, chapter 45, in Vanity Fair:
        Desperately bold at last, the persecuted animals bolted above-ground—the terrier accounted for one, the keeper for another; Rawdon, from flurry and excitement, missed his rat, but on the other hand he half-murdered a ferret.
  2. To count.
    1. (transitive, now rare) To calculate, work out (especially with periods of time). [from 14th c.]
      • 1650, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica: [], 2nd edition, London: [] A[braham] Miller, for Edw[ard] Dod and Nath[aniel] Ekins, [], OCLC 152706203:
        neither the motion of the Moon, whereby moneths are computed; nor of the Sun, whereby years are accounted, consisteth of whole numbers, but admits of fractions, and broken parts, as we have already declared concerning the Moon.
    2. (obsolete) To count (up), enumerate. [14th-17th c.]
    3. (obsolete) To recount, relate (a narrative etc.). [14th-16th c.]
Derived termsEdit
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Further readingEdit



Borrowed from English account.


  • IPA(key): /ɑˈkɑu̯nt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ac‧count


account n or m (plural accounts, diminutive accountje n)

  1. a subscription to an electronic service
  2. (business) a B2B-customer

Usage notesEdit

In Flanders, the word can be both masculine (more common) as neuter (less common). In the Netherlands, it can only be neuter.

Related termsEdit


  • Indonesian: akun



Borrowed from English account. Doublet of conto.


account m (invariable)

  1. (computing) account
    Synonym: conto

Further readingEdit

  • account in – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana



account (plural accounts)

  1. Alternative form of accoont