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spoken English32.59%written English67.41% conversational speech16.48%task-oriented speech83.52% imaginative writing20.45%informational writing79.55%
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Definition of the noun account

What does account mean as a name of something?

Account is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: accounts

  1. a record or narrative description of past events
  2. a short account of the news
    • example: the account of his speech that was given on the evening news made the governor furious
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of account: news report / report / story / write up
    • more generic word: news = information reported in a newspaper or news magazine
    • more specific terms:
  3. a formal contractual relationship established to provide for regular banking or brokerage or business services
    • example: he asked to see the executive who handled his account
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of account: business relationship
    • more generic word: relationship = a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries
    • more specific terms:
      • brokerage account = a fund that a customer has entrusted to a securities brokerage
      • bank account = a fund that a customer has entrusted to a bank and from which the customer can make withdrawals
      • short account = a brokerage account of someone who sells short
  4. a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.
    • example: I expected a brief account
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of account: explanation
    • more generic word: statement = a message that is stated or declared
    • more specific words:
      • simplification = an explanation that omits superfluous details and reduces complexity
      • accounting = a convincing explanation that reveals basic causes
      • reason = an explanation of the cause of some phenomenon
      • justification = a statement in explanation of some action or belief
      • exposition = an account that sets forth the meaning or intent of a writing or discourse
      • explication = a detailed explanation of the meaning of something
      • rubric / gloss = an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text
      • etymologizing / derivation / deriving = an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase
      • definition = a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or symbol
      • interpretation = an explanation that results from interpreting something
      • walk-through = a thorough explanation (usually accompanied by a demonstration) of each step in a procedure or process
    • parts:
  5. grounds
    • examples: don't do it on my account | the paper was rejected on account of its length
    • lexical domain: Motives - nouns denoting goals
    • synonym of account: score
    • more generic words: ground / reason = a rational motive for a belief or action
  6. importance or value
    • examples: a person of considerable account | he predicted that although it is of small account now it will rapidly increase in importance
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: importance = the quality of being important and worthy of note
  7. a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance
  8. the act of informing by verbal report
  9. an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered
  10. the quality of taking advantage
    • example: she turned her writing skills to good account
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: gain / profit = the advantageous quality of being beneficial

Alternative definition of the noun account


  1. 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
    • A statement in general of reasons, causes, grounds, etc., explanatory of some event;
    • A reason, grounds, consideration, motive.
    • [rare] A statement of facts or occurrences; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description
      • [rare] A statement and explanation or vindication of one's conduct with reference to judgement thereon.
      • An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment.
        • Importance; worth; value; advantage; profit.
        • An authorization to use a service.
        • [archaic] A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning.

        Specialised definition of the noun account

        Glossary of sports

        a record of financial transactions over a period of time, such as money paid, received, borrowed or owed. (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

        an arrangement that a customer has to buy goods and pay for them at a later date, offen the end of the month (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

        Definition of the verb account

        What does account mean as a doing word?

        Account is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

        verb - inflections: accounted | accounting | accounts

        1. be the sole or primary factor in the existence, acquisition, supply, or disposal of something
          • example: Passing grades account for half of the grades given in this exam
          • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
          • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
        2. keep an account of
        3. to give an account or representation of in words
          • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
          • synonyms of account: describe / report
          • more generic word: inform = impart knowledge of some fact, state of affairs, or event to
        4. furnish a justifying analysis or explanation
          • example: I can't account for the missing money
          • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
          • synonym of account: answer for
          • more generic word: declare = state emphatically and authoritatively


        Account: An account refers to assets, liabilities, income, expenses, and equity, as represented by individual ledger pages, to which changes in value are chronologically recorded with debit and credit entries. These entries, referred to as postings, become part of a book of final entry or ledger. Examples of common financial accounts are cash, accounts receivable, mortgages, loans, PP&E, common stock, sales, services, wages, and payroll.

        • also known as 會計科目

        Phrases with Account

        Phrases starting with the word Account:

        1. Account of
        2. Account to
        3. account for
        4. account book
        5. Account Code

        Phrases ending with the word Account:

        1. no-account
        2. On Account
        3. to account
        4. bank account
        5. book account
        6. cash account
        7. giro account
        8. open account
        9. take account
        10. Final Account
        11. Joint account
        12. short account
        13. trust account

        Other phrases containing the word Account:

        1. On account of
        2. To Account of

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        Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Account

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        Google previewCode of Federal Regulations, Title 31, Money and Finance: Treasury, Pt. 200-499, Revised As of July 1 2012 (2012)

        A TreasuryDirect account is an online account maintained by us solely in your name in which you may hold and conduct...

        Google previewEconomics, Second Edition (1999)

        by Timothy Tregarthen, Libby Rittenberg

        The current account is an accounting statement that includes all spending flows across a nation's border except those that...

        A positive balance on capital account is a capital account surplus.

        Remember that the balance on capital account is the term inside the parentheses on the right-hand side of Equation (3) and that ...

        Google previewManagement Accounting: Principles & Practice, 3rd Edition

        by M.A. Sahaf

        The term account means a record consisting of specific information. A ledger account is a form used to assemble information that shows the cumulative effect of all the transactions on the accounts specific item of asset, liability, owners' equity, ...

        Google previewMacroeconomics (2006)

        The current account is a record of the flow of currencies that results from the trade of goods and services to and from the rest of the world, the flow of short-term investment, and flow of foreign aid. It is composed of three main categories: trade, ...

        Google previewSystem of National Accounts 2008 (2009)

        by European Commission

        The production account is the starting point for the sequence of accounts for institutional units and sectors displaying how income is generated , distributed and used throughout the economy. Activities defined as production ...

        Google previewMODERN BANKING (2014)


        A bank account is a monetary account with a banking institution recording the balance of money for a customer. It may have a positive or...

        Google previewEncyclopedia of Local History (2012)

        by Carol Kammen, Amy H. Wilson

        account books. Financial records kept by individuals, shops, and companies. These are often difficult to use because of the cryptic nature of the entries, because frequently too little information is provided, and because often ...

        Google previewThe SAGE Dictionary of Qualitative Inquiry (2007)

        by Thomas A. Schwandt

        For the postmodern ethnographer, there is no such thing as a 'real' account of the way of life of others—all accounts are contested, partial, incomplete, written from some particular standpoint, advance some particular interest, and so on.

        Google previewThe Slang Dictionary (1864)

        or vulgar words, street phrases, and "fast" expressions of high and low society by John Camden Hotten

        ONE of the most singular chapters in a History of Vagabondism would certainly be “ An Account of the Hieroglyphic Signs used by Tramps and Thieves.” The reader may be startled to know that, in addition to a sacred language, the wandering ...

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        Usage statistics about account

        The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

        Usage statistics for the noun account:

        spoken English32.59%written English67.41% conversational speech16.48%task-oriented speech83.52% imaginative writing20.45%informational writing79.55%

        Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun account:


        Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb account:


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        Quotes about Account

        As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence. (Benjamin Franklin)
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        The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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