Definition of account in English:

account

noun

  • 1A report or description of an event or experience:

    ‘a detailed account of what has been achieved’
    • ‘Historical accounts describe the young princess as exceedingly tall, thin, pock-marked, and plain, but with a generous nature.’
    • ‘Morality and ethics consist of prescriptive statements about how one ought to behave; they do not purport to be descriptive accounts of actual historical behaviour.’
    • ‘His book, Pity the Nation, is an account of the events of those years and his own experiences reporting them.’
    • ‘Users can post and read first - hand accounts of fellow travellers experiences.’
    • ‘Dr Friedman's report then gives an account of D.'s further experiences while he was in care.’
    • ‘Based on eyewitness accounts, the report described how Pashtun villages were attacked after being disarmed by local militia commanders.’
    • ‘Although this is a historical event, the accounts include variations as far as details are concerned.’
    • ‘There, anyone with online access can post and read news stories and personal accounts of events, such as demonstrations, thus opening up media in new ways.’
    • ‘What follows is a brief account of my experiences and a reconstruction of some events from discussions with the victims.’
    • ‘Not only was I reading about the lives of my ancestors, but about their friends and acquaintances too - and accounts of historical events which my uncle recorded in his diary on the day they happened.’
    • ‘Colin gives his girlfriend and neighbours a detailed account of the court proceedings and events leading up to a murder.’
    • ‘Most of the accounts describe surrealistic events that usually involve cheating death - but not always.’
    • ‘This is a fascinating collection of poems, essays, reports and accounts based on the experience of work and working.’
    • ‘A world away from dry accounts of historical events, it succeeds in shedding much new light on the 1905 Russian Revolution in an accessible and exciting way.’
    • ‘As you rightly stated, the story reported was an accurate account of the events in the Council Chamber that evening.’
    • ‘A reader of this blog sent me an account of his experience of the campaign, and of its effect on voters.’
    • ‘There have been several remarkably detailed newspaper accounts of an event that could only have been witnessed by those directly involved - and none of these has yet spoken publicly.’
    • ‘Lots of first person accounts of historical events.’
    • ‘Thus she began her account with a detailed description of the appropriate behaviour of a collector engaging at first hand with the people.’
    • ‘Even if they are somewhat distorted or adapted, they remain accounts of experienced events, and as such they are valuable sources for the historian.’
    description, report, version, story, narration, narrative, statement, news, explanation, exposition, interpretation, communiqué, recital, rendition, sketch, delineation, portrayal, tale
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    1. 1.1 An interpretation or rendering of a piece of music:
      ‘a lively account of Offenbach's score’
      • ‘Let me say, however, that I have never heard an account of the Ninth that was better played or sung.’
      • ‘I haven't heard better accounts of the Holst and Vaughan Williams works.’
      • ‘I think both Bernstein's accounts (on Sony and Deutsche Grammophon) authoritative.’
      • ‘For a conductor not known for his accounts of modern music, Szell did a great deal of it and almost always superbly.’
      • ‘We have already had excellent accounts of Beethoven and Mozart symphonies and serenades and now it is the turn of some exquisite Haydn and Schubert symphonies.’
      • ‘Oleg Marshev is a fine interpreter of the Piano Concerto having already recorded excellent accounts of the Shostakovich and Prokofiev concertos.’
      • ‘They give a fine account of the Overture in C minor which has some delightful work for bassoon.’
      • ‘Even so, Harnoncourt delivers one of the most rhythmically incisive accounts of the scherzo, sharper even than Szell's.’
      • ‘The recording is quite superb however and is definitely preferable to Bakels on Naxos or the ageing Boult and Previn who remain however, very valid accounts on all planes.’
      • ‘Schleiermacher is already famous for his Satie interpretations and he gives well nigh definitive accounts of the music on disc.’
      • ‘All round, a flawless account, celebrating a Schubert who is as much the son of Haydn and Mozart as the father of Schumann and Brahms.’
      • ‘This is surely one of the best accounts of the concerto to be released lately.’
      • ‘The Concertos are also impressive accounts, featuring decent accompaniment by Robert Stankovsky and this Kosice-based ensemble.’
      • ‘Off the top of my head, I can think of several wonderful accounts of the Tchaikovsky, but when I get to Beethoven, I become rather picky.’
      • ‘Elder certainly gave a brilliant account of the piece.’
      • ‘His Mahler Tenth is still viable as a recommendable choice, as are his accounts of Shostakovich symphonies.’
      • ‘Silverthorne and his accompanist, Jacobson, give dark, richly passionate accounts.’
      • ‘Jennie Tourel, one of the smartest, most musicianly singers of our time, delivers a passionate account.’
      • ‘For modern instrument accounts of Mozart's Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Steinberg and Uchida go to the head of the class.’
      • ‘It is a great pity that Maag did not find time to explore the wide oeuvre of Liszt's symphonic poems as on these two accounts, he was a born interpreter in this field.’
      performance, interpretation, rendering, rendition, reading, recital, playing, singing, execution
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  • 2A record or statement of financial expenditure and receipts relating to a particular period or purpose:

    ‘the barman was doing his accounts’
    • ‘Mr Hardy added that all businesses should also ensure the date of each purchase is clearly recorded in their accounts because the time periods for capital allowance schemes are often time-sensitive.’
    • ‘Because it applies across most naturally occurring number distributions, it can also be used to detect fraud in financial accounts, and to spot faked results in clinical trials.’
    • ‘The advanced course is aimed at providing farmers with the expertise in using packages such as breeding charts, farm accounts and VAT recording and returns.’
    • ‘This is to facilitate companies who are working to tight deadlines with their end of year financial accounts.’
    • ‘Today's businesses are managed by individuals who are obsessed with the minutiae of manipulating financial accounts.’
    • ‘In theory, there are regulators to keep an eye on corporate mischief - in practice, no regulator or guardian can hope to penetrate the complexity of modern financial accounts.’
    • ‘Another example, in order to have good financial practice, all local governments have to have financial accounts in the same format.’
    • ‘It alleged that ERF's accounts and financial statements were misstated.’
    • ‘Any expenditure included in the accounts where receipts or vouchers were not available was properly made in connection with the carrying on of the company's business.’
    • ‘I have among my financial memorabilia its 1968 accounts, when it was still known as Wiles Group.’
    • ‘Compliance involves examining a set of key accounts including payroll, financial reporting, purchasing, payables and billing.’
    • ‘While the insolvency practitioners continue to cast their eye over City's financial accounts, the Trust are now putting fundraising plans in place.’
    • ‘Groups operating within The Priestley will now run as individual business organisations, with their own financial accounts.’
    • ‘They also suggested he could call an extraordinary general meeting to get a look at Manchester United's financial accounts.’
    • ‘The Appeal did not produce annual income and expenditure accounts or balance sheets.’
    • ‘Tenth, engage the services of a reputed auditing/accountancy firm to review and report on the financial statements and audited accounts of the NSAs.’
    • ‘The second is that firms do not have adequate systems and controls in place to deal with a potentially high volume of accounts or adequate financial resources to support CTF business.’
    • ‘The Garda Commissioner will have to stand over the financial accounts of the force under new measures being introduced by the Government.’
    • ‘Details of the transfer are included in the notes to the 2004 financial accounts.’
    • ‘Profits at the Port of Cork Company more than halved last year, according to its latest financial accounts.’
    • ‘Franchisers' financial statements and profit-and-loss accounts, at least in the last two years, should be examined.’
    financial record, book, ledger, journal, balance sheet, financial statement, results
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    1. 2.1 The department of a company that deals with financial accounts:
      ‘the people from Accounts’
    2. 2.2British A bill for goods or services provided over a period:
      ‘there's no money to pay the tradesmen's accounts this month’
      • ‘There was loyalty to suppliers and accounts were paid promptly.’
      • ‘All overdue accounts will incur interest of 2.5% per month.’
      • ‘Thus, some consumers pay their electricity bills and telephone accounts in cash.’
      • ‘Your subscription billing will end on July 16, 2003 and no accounts will be billed after that date.’
      • ‘Once treatment has been completed the supplier will send the account directly to NHP.’
      • ‘The fact that BMI paid its share of legal accounts billed to the projects does not equate to a solicitor-client relationship with Mr. Melia.’
      • ‘The programme is designed to benefit all households or residential units in Johannesburg, provided their electricity accounts are paid in full.’
      bill, invoice, statement, list of charges, reckoning, tally
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  • 3An arrangement by which a body holds funds on behalf of a client or supplies goods or services to them on credit:

    [as modifier] ‘a bank account’
    ‘I began buying things on account’
    • ‘In all, internet fraud accounted for a quarter of the total £219.4m illegally taken from UK consumers' credit and debit card accounts in the first six months of this year.’
    • ‘Nicol is one of only 30% of parents who have redeemed their vouchers to date - paying them into child trust fund accounts at Britannia Building Society.’
    • ‘If you fail to make payments on your credit card accounts, these funds will be used to cover your obligations.’
    • ‘Would there be restrictions on the types of investments that could be made, say to mutual funds or IRA accounts?’
    • ‘Child Trust Fund accounts are available from banks, building societies and other financial organisations.’
    • ‘You can pay anything from £50 a month upwards into the account, or from £250 as a lump sum.’
    • ‘They contribute between €1 and €5 per week and it is kept on account in the local Credit Union.’
    • ‘They can then ‘pyramid’ this debt with a further 16 credit union accounts and borrow a further €64,000.’
    • ‘Too many suppliers have accounts more than 90 days past due.’
    • ‘This has the effect of cutting mortgage interest when your cheque account is in credit, or increasing it when funds run short.’
    • ‘The Treasury has promised that the first Child Trust Fund accounts will be up and running by April 2005 at the latest.’
    • ‘Furthermore, these dividend accounts are being credited with interest.’
    • ‘Funds argue that small accounts are expensive, which raises the cost of investing for all shareholders.’
    • ‘You must pay at least £1, 000 a month into the Moneyback account to qualify.’
    • ‘Stamp duty is payable on credit card accounts maintained by banks on April 1 each year.’
    • ‘Large quantities of Swiss francs credited to private accounts in various Swiss banks.’
    • ‘No transaction charges apply if your account remains in credit throughout the entire charging quarter.’
    • ‘The money market earns higher interest rates than their savings bank and credit union accounts.’
    • ‘By the time the error was discovered, B had withdrawn the funds credited to his account by the F Bank.’
    • ‘Oh don't worry about the cost just add it to my account and bill me at the end of the month.’
    • ‘EFTPOS allows access to both credit-card accounts or own funds by means of debit cards.’
    bank account
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    1. 3.1 A client having an account with a supplier:
      ‘selling bibles to established accounts in the North’
      • ‘Within three years, we had 700 accounts across Europe, making us the largest suppliers of ladies' golfwear to the European market.’
      • ‘Inspiration to pursue corporate accounts came after a customer made a request for 500 crystal bowls.’
      • ‘In Fairfield, SoBe will run local ads flagging its loyal retail accounts.’
      • ‘These retail accounts include leading surf retail chains as well as single store surf and extreme sports shops.’
      • ‘Also list key accounts, potential customers, market survey data, drawings, agreements, and financial projections to the plan.’
      • ‘They also liked being able to preview jobs before printing, to establish corporate accounts, and above all, to get their orders quickly.’
      • ‘It talks to the culture of differences between retail accounts and the manufacturer.’
      • ‘Healthy price competition between multiple vendors vying for an account benefits the customer.’
      • ‘Brown & Sons Inc., where he handled retail and institutional accounts.’
      • ‘The agency will take over the account from the Helme Partnership at the end of this month.’
      • ‘Unlike other firms cited in the story, Merrill does not disclose trading volume or the number of accounts in its retail brokerage business.’
      • ‘That's especially helpful when I'm taking over an account from another sales rep.’
      • ‘The promo won the brand 100 new retail accounts, while awakening interest from other Hollywood studios for future tie-ins.’
    2. 3.2 A contract to do work for a client:
      ‘another agency was awarded the account’
      • ‘In the nine months before the Unilever account, BT Global Services won £2bn of contracts.’
      agreement, commitment, arrangement, settlement, undertaking, understanding, compact, covenant, pact, bond
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    3. 3.3British Stock Market A fixed period on a stock exchange, at the end of which payment must be made for stock that has been bought.
  • 4An arrangement by which a user is given personalized access to a computer, website, or application, typically by entering a username and password:

    ‘we've reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account’
    • ‘They were receiving frantic calls regarding accounts and computers crashing all weekend long, and they had no idea why.’
    • ‘Please send job offers to me via my iChat account.’
    • ‘Someone's been going thru my email, tweets and Facebook accounts for years.’
    • ‘Choose or create an account and click "Next."’
    • ‘Your account can only be used for a single internet session at any one time and for no more than 24 hours in any one day.’
    • ‘Make sure it isn't a password that you are already using for another account on your Mac.’
    • ‘The primary goal of the hackers, the company said, were the Gmail accounts of human rights activists, although none of the targeted accounts were breached.’
    • ‘Many of these systems have default admin accounts, non-updated software, no security patches, etc.’
    • ‘Once attackers have access to an email account password, they login to the account (example: hotmail, gmail, etc), and acquire the owner's contact list of other email accounts.’
    • ‘This computer doesn't multitask very well, particularly if you have multiple user accounts set up via Windows XP.’
  • 5[mass noun] Importance:

    ‘money was of no account to her’
    • ‘The fact that a few corrupt judges disagree with this is of no account - look up the law and read it for yourself if you do not believe me.’
    • ‘You even have it if the remnant of your unfinished cup of tea has been accidentally thrown away by someone else, who's come upon it and thought it unwanted, of no account.’
    • ‘The effect on even the far south of country will be of no account.’
    • ‘Worst of all, she treated him like he was of no account at all.’
    • ‘Throughout history, God has chosen those who are of no account in the world's eyes to receive and testify to the gospel.’
    • ‘The absence of dramatic action was of little account to audiences used to the lyrical pastoral play.’
    • ‘At the time of the Reformation the body was deemed to be of little account when there was a soul to be saved.’
    • ‘The self-evident fact that the numbers applying for asylum correlate precisely with countries where a dog's life would be a step up is of no account.’
    • ‘That may be of no account in the general scheme of things, but it calls into question the reasons for the Minister's office making such an obvious error.’
    • ‘In most cases, that extraneous text will be of little account - but in others, it may be quite sensitive.’
    • ‘The individual building blocks of words are in themselves of little account.’
    • ‘As with his son, his death was treated as a matter of no account.’
    • ‘The fact that the cubs were orphans, abandoned when their mother was run over by a car, was of no account.’
    • ‘The fact that in typical sized prints the difference is vanishingly small is of no account.’
    • ‘The clear subtext is that what goes on in the festering ghettos is of no account: just keep it away from us and our children.’
    • ‘The fact that he has collected so many baubles in the glory years is of no account to the second row.’
    • ‘Even establishment politics was of little account in the small-town press.’
    • ‘Others are treated as if they are of little account and their views discounted.’
    • ‘It is of no account: for the royals, the crisis has passed.’
    • ‘Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church.’
    importance, import, significance, consequence, moment, momentousness, substance, note, mark, prominence, value, weightiness, weight, concern, interest, gravity, seriousness
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verb

  • 1[with object and complement] Consider or regard in a specified way:

    ‘her visit could not be accounted a success’
    ‘he accounted himself the unluckiest man alive’
    • ‘This is accounted a U.N. success.’
    • ‘Yet if the minister's professional reputation was salvaged, Bellievre's mission to England cannot be accounted a success.’
    • ‘In 1862 Deck took part in the International Exhibition in London, which he accounted a great success.’
    consider, regard as, reckon, hold to be, think, think of as, look on as, view as, see as, take for, judge, adjudge, count, deem, rate, gauge, interpret as
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  • 2archaic [no object] Give or receive an account for money received:

    ‘after 1292 he accounted to the Westminster exchequer’
    • ‘The budget speech was the second within two weeks in which he accounted to the legislature on finances and services delivery.’
    • ‘The evidence is clear that the Trustees of the Trust never held meetings, operated no bank account, filed no income tax trust returns, and never accounted to the beneficiaries.’
    • ‘That transaction was proceeding at just the time when the parties fell out and when the respondent was at last beginning to complain that the appellant had not properly accounted to him in respect of previous transactions.’
    • ‘In addition, they are alleged to have failed to give full details of costs and relevant information to clients at the outset of cases and not to have accounted to Customs and Excise for VAT, as well as other allegations.’
    • ‘Factory never accounted to us for all the records we'd sold, so we had no idea how much money we were losing.’

Phrases

  • by (or from) all accounts

    • According to what one has heard or read:

      ‘by all accounts he is a pretty nice guy’
      • ‘A great business plan from all accounts but no real backing.’
      • ‘However, from all accounts, our Juvenile athletes appear to be in splendid form.’
      • ‘Sam was, by all accounts, a practical hands-on man whose grip had the grit of hard work.’
      • ‘And by all accounts, Des is having an inspirational effect on the young members of the cast.’
      • ‘No matter that from all accounts, including this Sunday morning's, his cricketing abilities ranked somewhere near mine.’
      • ‘This, from all accounts, may be an annual event and everyone who attended had a ball.’
      • ‘Jones, by all accounts, is improved this season in build and mind.’
      • ‘It won Gold at this year's award advertising ceremony and, by all accounts, is earning gold at the tills.’
      • ‘And from all accounts, many of the residents there have chosen to leave that area.’
      • ‘Similarly, whatever is said on radio is taken as gospel by undiscerning listeners who, from all accounts, comprise the clear majority.’
      • ‘And from all accounts, there have been several such fatalities.’
      • ‘She went ahead with it, and from all accounts, it was an extremely emotional, moving experience.’
      • ‘Your marriage, from all accounts, isn't a happy one.’
      • ‘Happy to report the Hungary Festival in Japan, by all accounts, was an overwhelming success.’
      • ‘The publisher was also, by all accounts, a damn good copy editor.’
      • ‘I think it's certainly good news that the action that happened overseas has happened quickly and from all accounts there's no evidence of any athletes actually using this new substance.’
      • ‘Yet, from all accounts, she came pretty close to erecting a large shopping complex which would have become a rather incongruous backdrop to the Taj Mahal.’
      • ‘He was a very good musician and, from all accounts, a very kind human being, and he will be widely missed.’
      • ‘But, from all accounts, most thong wearers do claim a sense of self-assurance and freedom.’
      • ‘He was, by all accounts, a crude chap who, when he cursed, did so to effect.’
      reputedly, supposedly, according to popular belief, so the story goes, so i'm told, so people say, by repute, allegedly, putatively, apparently, seemingly, ostensibly
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  • call (or bring) someone to account

    • Require someone to explain a mistake or poor performance:

      ‘the government is being called to account for the economic disaster’
      • ‘He said the case was a clear warning to people offering alternative medicine and ‘miracle cures’ that they will be called to account.’
      • ‘Once upon a time making an oath meant that we acknowledged a higher power was witnessing our statement, and stood ready to call us to account.’
      • ‘It is interesting that they are not called to account for this startling performance.’
      • ‘The journalists dared not transmit anything for which they might be called to account later.’
      • ‘It is past time that the Star Tribune is called to account.’
      • ‘Second, if you violate that trust, you will be called to account, no matter how powerful, no matter how wealthy.’
      • ‘She will not be buried until somebody is brought to account for what happened.’
      • ‘It was the bloggers, invoking their own standards - not a code but an evolving culture - that called them to account.’
      • ‘His audience must decide whether these claims are credible and whether to endorse him or call him to account.’
      • ‘They could call me to account when my actions didn't match my professed beliefs.’
      • ‘You could argue that the mechanisms have worked, they have been called to account and found lacking.’
      • ‘The State was called to account at an international meeting, but they did not attend.’
      • ‘Members would work closely with other organisations and call them to account if they did not meet the needs of local people.’
      • ‘What is more, there is no powerful outside force that can call us to account - the change will have to come from within.’
      • ‘It's time that he was called to account for his acts of aggression.’
      • ‘So now the time has come to call them to account: Judgment Day has arrived for the judges.’
      • ‘Much more effective, she says, is to gather intelligence about the drugs masterminds - then bring them to account before the courts themselves.’
      • ‘At least with the politicians you know where they stand, you can call them to account, you can go and see them and they can't hide.’
      • ‘If any pharmacist has breached the law they will be called to account.’
      • ‘After that you did not even bring him to account, other than that he ‘made a mistake’, after which everything passed with no punishment.’
      scold, chastise, upbraid, berate, castigate, lambaste, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, admonish, remonstrate with, lecture, criticize, censure
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  • give a good (or bad) account of oneself

    • Make a favourable (or unfavourable) impression through one's performance:

      ‘he gave a good account of himself in matches against Crewe and Chesterfield’
      • ‘Gilmour is confident that both his fighters will give a good account of themselves on a bill which is being televised live by Sky.’
  • keep an account of

    • Keep a record of:

      ‘I kept a weekly account of my workload and activities’
      • ‘Chairman of the Greater Manchester Police Authority, Derek Osbaldestin, said: ‘We agreed that everyone would keep an account of the time and resources taken up dealing with the problem and how much the policing operation cost us.’’
      • ‘Buy a little book ruled for the purpose for pounds, shillings and pence and keep an account of cash received and expended.’
      • ‘The locality collecting this amount should also have the right to spend and keep an account of such amounts.’
      • ‘Somehow he kept an account of these labyrinthine dealings, for the village court records were faultless.’
      • ‘They were also told that 10 percent must be saved, 10 percent given to charity, and they had to ‘keep an account of how we spent or saved the other 80 percent’.’
      • ‘Also keeping an account of the goings on was Paddy Maher, originally from Rathleague.’
      • ‘Normally the operator kept an account of the person's name and amount owed and expected payment every two to four weeks.’
  • leave something out of account

    • Fail or decline to consider a factor:

      ‘our obsession with growth leaves issues such as sustainability out of account’
      • ‘He will be neither consoled nor assured to be told that the prejudicial information was left out of account.’
      • ‘It seems to me that it would be clearly wrong to leave those costs out of account since they must form part of the global view.’
      • ‘That conclusion, Mr Phillips says, flies in the face of the evidence recorded at paragraph 86 and shows that it was left out of account.’
      • ‘The Court of Appeal left this jurisprudence out of account.’
      • ‘If the motive or hope of later obtaining a tax benefit is left out of account, the purchase of shares by a dealer in shares and their later sale must unambiguously be classed as a trading transaction.’
      • ‘If I might say so, the attitude adopted by the judge was that which would perhaps appeal to most lawyers experienced in tax matters if Community law considerations could be left out of account.’
      • ‘In my opinion it would not be fair, just or reasonable, in any assessment of the loss caused by the birth of the child, to leave these benefits out of account [those are benefits from having a child as a member of one's family].’
  • on someone's account

    • For a specified person's benefit:

      ‘don't bother on my account’
      • ‘I held out my arms in response, and watched my breath steam into the morning air as I shouted, ‘Don't bother on my account.’
      • ‘He was grieved on their account and did not know how to protect them.’
      • ‘We quickly intervened, but the damage had been done and we felt terrible that this had happened on our account.’
      • ‘But, as you also probably realize, I'm basically just a naive idealist; so, truly, don't get too worked up on my account.’
      • ‘Well, except for the furniture part of the nursery, which apparently won't get here until sometime in Fall 2010 (actually, the new predicted delivery date is ‘in two or three weeks ‘- hey, don't rush on our account, people).’
      • ‘Troops didn't hold back antiwar feelings on my account.’
      • ‘True, I was stuck, wet, worn out and thirsty, but I'd done hypothermia and dehydration before, and I didn't want anyone put out on my account.’
      • ‘Look, I'll even accept 4's, but if you plan to go lower, don't put yourself out on my account.’
      • ‘In most cases I'm sure that the deceased would have preferred that the business of the Borough should not be disrupted on their account.’
      • ‘But if I can conclude from the evaluation that this failure is on my account then I will have to leave.’
      • ‘I didn't want my boss to lose her job on my account.’
      • ‘I'll venture down to earth as an angel and put in a good word with the Sovereign on your account, get her to mention you more often in this year's Christmas speech.’
      • ‘But please, don't stop name-dropping your glamorous existence in the sweaty cosmopolis on my account.’
      • ‘Our sincere thanks to Ray for giving up his Saturday on our account.’
      • ‘He died in our place, on our account, that he might bring us near to God.’
      • ‘The closest you can get to an issue of deprivation of opportunity is through the wife's evidence and she does not ever seem to have communicated to him, on her own account or on his account.’
      • ‘I feel guilty on their account, and again, I feel it's entirely my fault.’
      • ‘There is a Jewish prayer in which we declare to God that we forgive anyone who has harmed us in any incarnation, we ask for forgiveness in turn and pray that God will not punish anyone on our account.’
  • on account of

    • Because of:

      ‘they had closed early on account of the snow’
      • ‘It is understood her sentence was cut to 12 years on account of her guilty plea.’
      • ‘Well, if I pass away tonight, it will probably be on account of overwork and not as a result of hunger.’
      • ‘Sports cars have been called selfish cars on account of the fact you don't have to give anyone a lift but one cupholder was a bit much!’
      • ‘Except it wasn't running on Monday lunchtime, on account of all the people in the way.’
      • ‘Today I heard that the woman in question lost her job at the bank on account of those pictures!’
      • ‘As a result of this, I have not been able to take any time off on account of not feeling well.’
      • ‘Even if this perceptiojn is distorted, it should be no surprise that prices have risen on account of the changeover.’
      • ‘Thames Water says there might be a hosepipe ban on account of there not being enough rain over the winter.’
      • ‘But that cannot be decided by us on account of what we read in the press, only by the inquiry.’
      • ‘We had decided to go down the river first, on account of car parking.’
      • ‘Medical services in any ideal place should not be denied to anyone on account of inability to pay.’
      • ‘There is a huge loss of livestock on account of shortage of fodder and water.’
      • ‘I yelled after them, but they didn't hear me on account of already being fifty metres away.’
      • ‘While the film has been canned, its release has been delayed on account of the Cricket World Cup.’
      • ‘The need for the Thames Estuary sea forts arose in the last war on account of the mining of our waters with magnetic mines.’
      • ‘I threw a load of shirts out some years ago, on account of them being never worn and almost irrevocably corrupted by dust.’
      • ‘Then a friend of mine has been having a pretty rough period on account of his brother's illness.’
      • ‘This has happened mainly on account of losing the ability to live with differences.’
      • ‘Bangalore is just one city, which on account of its IT bigwigs, is in the limelight.’
      • ‘Traffic accidents continue to claim a large number of lives on account of several factors.’
      because of, owing to, due to, as a consequence of, thanks to, through, by reason of, by virtue of, in virtue of, on grounds of, in view of
      after, following, in the wake of, at a time of
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  • on no account

    • Under no circumstances:

      ‘on no account let anyone know we're interested’
      • ‘The CPS, in turn, says it would act only after receiving a file from the police, and that on no account would there be a political decision to prosecute.’
      • ‘The residents of the area have made it quite clear that on no account will this be tolerated in this built up area.’
      • ‘They may believe they can now handle alcohol, but it needs to be made clear to patients and carers that on no account should drinking (however little) be resumed.’
      • ‘I put all seven tablets in an envelope with directions to take one at bedtime and one early morning with a warning on no account to exceed the prescribed dose.’
      • ‘The unit closed and barred its doors and we were told on no account to leave our stations for the duration of the emergency.’
      • ‘And on no account, Paul says, should any of his pupils settle for performing in bars. ‘Bands that are willing to play the Tuesday night circuit are going to play the Tuesday night circuit for ever.’’
      • ‘Effectively they had drawn a line in the sand and told us that the overdraft facilities they had given us were on no account to be exceeded.’
      • ‘The public are reminded that on no account should any details of their credit card be supplied to callers, no matter how plausible they may be.’
      • ‘Sure NYC has its fair share of dirt, strange smells and crazy people: before I went there, I was under the impression that I must on no account make eye contact with anyone, use the subway or set foot Central Park.’
      • ‘I had been told that on no account should I annoy him, simply note down his behaviour and report it on a detailed and complex form, which was then circulated to numerous agencies.’
      • ‘Don't set up camp, German-style, on a sun lounger - and on no account assume it is okay to borrow someone else's suncream.’
      • ‘People are increasingly aware that on no account must economic development be achieved at the expense of the environment.’
      • ‘Even if you do nothing else in Madrid, on no account should you miss the Prado.’
      • ‘But on no account should you withdraw your money because you won't be allowed to open another Mini Cash ISA until the next tax year.’
      • ‘These can match the jacket, but on no account should you be seen in a matching cap.’
      • ‘You need special material and on no account simply use darkened glass, old spectacles or glasses.’
      • ‘So while I wasn't actually denied a certificate, I was warned that on no account must I dive deeper than 10m.’
      • ‘And I will on no account drink more than one glass of wine.’
      • ‘Before we meet, her PR tells me that on no account will she answer any questions on the subject.’
      • ‘PC users are advised to delete suspicious messages and on no account to open attachments matching the description for the virus.’
      • ‘When the aforementioned boss sends you an e-mail entitled ‘Promotion notice’, on no account should you infer that it involves you.’
      never, certainly not, absolutely not, definitely not, not in any event, by no means
      not in any circumstances, not under any circumstances, in no circumstances, under no circumstances, not for any reason, not for a moment
      no way, not on your life, not in a million years, not for love or money
      not on your nelly
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  • on one's own account

    • 1For one's own purposes; for oneself:

      ‘he began trading on his own account’
      • ‘These range from a traditional task of investment banks in advising, underwriting, and distributing new issues of securities, through to dealing on their own account on securities and derivatives markets.’
      • ‘Why is it restricted to sole traders who conduct business on their own account, or as a partner, and it is not available to anyone who uses a company?’
      • ‘It is understood that where there are new business, there are self-employed and empowered economic agents partaking in the mainstream on their own account.’
      • ‘Among the provisions which could be reviewed was one which prohibits brokers from trading on their own account.’
      • ‘In 1867 he was ignominiously removed from his post, possibly for buying in Spain on his own account and for other art dealing activities, but also due to internal tensions within the museum.’
      • ‘Very little real mining occurred at any of the two mines during the next twenty-five years, although some individual prospectors and miners did have a try at times on their own account.’
      • ‘How bad would things have to get before the lure of easy money over-rode somebody's scruples and induced them to run things on their own account instead of their company's?’
      • ‘Are you seriously suggesting that you were trading on your own account?’
      • ‘By this time, both brothers were trading on their own account quite successfully.’
      • ‘The central question is whether the person who has been engaged to perform the services is performing them as a person in business on his own account.’
      1. 1.1Alone; unaided:
        ‘he'll be investigating on his own account’
        • ‘Besides which, no doubt, the King is popular on his own account; and has been exercising the gift he has for saying happy things, or things which exhibit his own character in a happy light.’
        • ‘These moral codes may be forces for good or forces for ill, but they clearly have survival power on their own account.’
        • ‘Sawhney isn't comfortable with this underground tag and to prove it, he follows a short jaunt around Britain on his own account with a slot supporting Sting on a European tour.’
        • ‘X did not receive a payout as her injuries were bruises, not broken bones, and she had collapsed on her own account.’
        • ‘Not that he's repeating himself; the new images stand on their own account.’
        • ‘But was this matter too great for you to handle on your own account that you had to call for the officers?’
        • ‘If Tyler had done it, Wesley would've been furious, but Kate did it on her own account… therefore, the damage was far worse.’
        • ‘Work had been slow lately and he had to go hunt on his own account, which is why he was out that night.’
        • ‘Every decision that I have reached in relation to this particular Inquiry has been on my own account, without any consultation with any members of that group.’
        • ‘But Hollywood kitsch was tame in comparison to that which Dali was capable of creating on his own account.’
        • ‘After Lully's death in 1687 Collasse began composing operas on his own account, but with relatively little success.’
        • ‘On the mainland he now explored on his own account covering an area from Mount Remarkable to Cape Jervis.’
        • ‘His band includes the extrovert British violinist Billy Thompson, who is worth the ticket price on his own account.’
        • ‘Small-scale breeders are becoming less frightened of the system and are beginning to feel that they may be able to tackle it on their own account.’
        • ‘The king bravely managed to regain his balance whilst in the saddle and nobly dismounted on his own account before later collapsing.’
        • ‘So artworks begin to take on the aura of talismanic objects of prestige and power which have value on their own account.’
        • ‘It is quite possible to leave individual doctors to take action on their own account, and it would be better to do that than to have a poorly run national screening programme.’
        • ‘Quite apart from the general role played by monastic orders in the history of wine, certain individual monks and monasteries enjoy vinous fame on their own account.’
        • ‘This year she made 32 contributions on her own account and three jointly with her husband.’
        • ‘Current notions of the self focus on agency: the ability to act on one's own account, although with reference to others.’
  • on this (or that) account

    • As a result; consequently:

      ‘he was very energetic and on this account was entrusted with all the most difficult work’
      • ‘She was always repelled by affectation in young or old, and was, perhaps unconsciously, a little unsympathetic toward children on this account.’
      • ‘Books reflect the mental atmosphere in which they were born, and on that account cannot expect to live forever.’
      • ‘I have not heard whether they have reached you and I am anxious on this account.’
      • ‘I do not love you less on that account.’
      • ‘Everyone is fond of relating their own exploits and they are on this account a nuisance to one to the other.’
      • ‘Today all people are children to me, and all are dearer on that account.’
      • ‘Departures from Malta for the return journey were never delayed on this account.’
      • ‘The effect of never having the issues resolved is incalculable but not to be dismissed on that account.’
      • ‘He does not disappoint anyone on this account.’
      • ‘They were attacked on this account.’
  • settle (or square) accounts with

    • Have revenge on:

      ‘an embittered Charlotte is determined to settle accounts with Elizabeth’
      • ‘The idea, however, was rejected because of the potential danger of using the asset forfeiture bill for settling accounts with political opponents.’
      • ‘The work is about the artist's efforts to settle accounts with Bertha Alyce by ‘exposing’ her.’
      • ‘This was only part of a much larger effort by the American ruling class, after decades of political instability, to settle accounts with radicalism and socialism.’
      • ‘Stalin believed Hitler would never attack the Soviet Union unless or until he had settled accounts with the British empire - because to do so would expose Germany to a war against too many enemies at once.’
      • ‘If a European referendum is held, it will be time to settle accounts with the EU kleptocracy.’
      • ‘There, too, the working class was blocked from settling accounts with fascism and capitalism.’
      • ‘These polemics, though, take on again and again an elegiac ring, as he settles accounts with the great figures who had preoccupied him throughout his life.’
      • ‘Henry chose the question of ‘criminous clerks' as the issue on which to settle accounts with his archbishop.’
      • ‘The DSS has accused the government of using the state of emergency to settle accounts with its political opponents.’
      • ‘But nothing seems to preoccupy them quite as much as the urge to settle accounts with the old government.’
      • ‘When Hitler's armies invaded Belgium on May 10, 1940, both Flemish and Wallonian fascist parties celebrated the opportunity given them to win political power, and to settle accounts with Bolshevism.’
      • ‘Gritting their teeth, because the holy men were accustomed to other methods of settling accounts with heretics and nonbelievers.’
      • ‘The Emperor returned once again to Italy, to settle accounts with the Lombard League.’
      • ‘On this basis, Shachtman rejected the possibility of the Soviet working class settling accounts with Stalinism through a political revolution.’
      • ‘Pseudoscientists are anxious to settle accounts with the Academy of Science, because the Academy is a great obstacle to these newly half-baked ‘scientists.’’
      • ‘Chris risks his life to save Dixie, but later claims he only did it to square accounts with Dixie for his having accepted the blame for starting their fistfight.’
      • ‘There's a war on, you know and the business to hand is to stop it - not settle accounts with groups you don't agree with.’
      • ‘What we may assume is that an embittered Charlotte is determined to settle accounts with Elizabeth.’
      • ‘Rick was just going to have to forget about settling accounts with her because she was having none of it.’
      • ‘The last years of Franco's life were marked by the political strivings of the working class to settle accounts with the dictatorship and student rebellions.’
      have/get/take one's revenge, get one's revenge on, have one's revenge on, take one's revenge on, hit back, get back at, get, settle a score, settle the score, give as good as one gets, play tit for tat, repay, pay someone back, give someone their just deserts, reciprocate, retaliate, retaliate against, retaliate on, let someone see how it feels, give someone a taste of their own medicine
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  • take something into account (or take account of)

    • Consider something along with other factors before reaching a decision:

      ‘teachers should take a child's age into account’
      • ‘An officer characterized by such a style of leadership refrains from one-man decision-making, trusts his collective and takes its opinion into account in making decisions.’
      • ‘It is vital that risks to men, women, and children are all taken into account as being seriously important.’
      • ‘Owners need to take this factor into account when planning combined outdoor activities, whether a race or a Frisbee-catching activity at the local park.’
      • ‘Now, considering women tend to live about four years longer than men and that men tend to have more car crashes than women, it seems ridiculous that insurers are not going to be allowed to take these factors into account when assessing risk.’
      • ‘And the risks to the woman need to be properly assessed and clearly explained to her, so that she can take them into account in making her decision.’
      • ‘Finance, manpower and property considerations were taken into account by decision makers who say the move reflects the Army's strategy of reallocating resources.’
      • ‘It should be noted, however, that several important factors are not taken into account in the calculation.’
      • ‘Furthermore, from time to time, they take these economic implications into account, along with other factors, in arriving at their decisions.’
      • ‘He said he hoped his views would be taken into account when a decision was made on what disciplinary action would be taken against the officer.’
      • ‘These factors will be taken into account when the application for the Stockwell Square development is considered by the Planning Board.’
      • ‘The council, by apparently not taking these factors into account, is rushing through plans which they could come to regret and that may well have serious consequences for our children.’
      • ‘The council would then take all representations into account before reaching a final decision.’
      • ‘Even after taking these factors into account, the researchers found lower cognitive development for the children of mothers who worked full-time during their child's first nine months.’
      • ‘Obviously, any major troop movement must be based on a government decision that takes all relevant factors into account.’
      • ‘The simple truth is that a number of factors are taken into account, including circulation figures.’
      • ‘If the defendant wrongly takes that financial interest into account, rather than reaching the decision on legitimate planning grounds, then the decision can be challenged on ordinary judicial review grounds.’
      • ‘It is for the tribunal as an industrial jury to take all relevant factors into account in reaching its conclusion, giving such weight to them as it considers appropriate.’
      • ‘A spokesman for the council said the scheme would be considered on its planning merits and the committee would take all viewpoints into account when reaching its decision.’
      • ‘The decisions made under this Article are declaratory, but national courts and NCAs would be bound to take them into account when reaching their own decisions.’
      • ‘These risks tend to disappear altogether when factors other than weight are taken into account.’
      consider, take into account, take into consideration, make allowances for, respect, bear in mind, be mindful of, have regard to, reckon with, remember, mind, mark, heed, note, not forget, make provision for, take to heart, pay regard to, be guided by
      consider, take account of, take into consideration, make allowances for, respect, bear in mind, be mindful of, have regard to, reckon with, remember, mind, mark, heed, note, not forget, make provision for, take to heart, pay regard to, be guided by
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  • there's no accounting for tastes (or taste)

    • proverb It's impossible to explain why different people like different things, especially those things which the speaker considers unappealing.

      • ‘The right mood music can do a lot for an evening of love, but there's no accounting for taste.’
      • ‘As for why people have jerks in their lives, Prudie cannot help but think of the old joke: When told her son was wanted by the police, the woman said, ‘Well, there's no accounting for taste.’’
      • ‘I guess there's no accounting for taste.’
      • ‘As for why he'd buy you - David's a nice guy and deserves better, but there's no accounting for taste.’
      • ‘But even then, there's no accounting for taste, so I can't even categorically rule out the last bunch.’
      • ‘Still, there's no accounting for taste - and she did, allegedly, have that tattoo on her ankle.’
      • ‘But, as they point out there's no accounting for taste.’
      • ‘I actually enjoyed Reign Of Fire, so there's no accounting for taste.’
      • ‘I've never had such interest shown in my PDA, which I think is much more entertaining, not to mention more likely to contain explosives, but there's no accounting for taste.’
      • ‘They DO like Papa Roach though, so there's no accounting for taste…’
      • ‘Taste might seem completely subjective - we all know the saying there's no accounting for taste.’
      • ‘I like reading a Hooton poem but there's no accounting for tastes.’
      • ‘You may be wondering why she was ever with me in the first place, but there's no accounting for taste.’
      • ‘You might disagree with my view, but then there's no accounting for taste.’
      • ‘And the only computer I had access to would immediately shut down every time I tried to log into this page (there's no accounting for tastes.)’
      • ‘Not bad for a half hour or so of work; you might have thought that the enormous bounce in album sales worldwide would have been enough, but then there's no accounting for taste.’
      • ‘But, I suppose there's no accounting for taste.’
      • ‘Well, it just proves once again that there's no accounting for taste.’
      • ‘On the other hand my wife bought a Glock and married me, so there's no accounting for taste!’
      • ‘I thought it was tacky with garbage music, but hey, there's no accounting for taste.’
  • turn something to (good) account

    • Turn something to one's advantage:

      ‘he turned his literary accomplishments to account in his pictures’
      • ‘We say that the correct criterion is that enunciated by Justice Hill, namely, whether the athlete has turned her skill to account, and in that inquiry the subjective purpose of the athlete is a critical thing.’
      • ‘Of course, research in itself is no panacea, but more successful players like General Mills, Quaker Oats, Nabisco and, of course, Kraft, have turned it to good account.’
      • ‘She has not been engaged in a business activity to exploit her sporting prowess or to turn her talent to account in money.’
      • ‘Tangible assets, considered simply as material objects, are inert, transient and trivial, compared with the abiding efficiency of that living structure of technology that has created them and continues to turn them to account.’
      • ‘Further a field the Blues will look to Philip Nolan, David Bermingham, Pa and Anthony Kavanagh and Gavin and Brian Walker to gain valuable possession and turn it to account.’
      • ‘That is not something they can sell, and they cannot turn it to good account.’
      act on, take advantage of, capitalize on, use, exploit, make the most of, leap at, jump on, pounce on, grasp, grab, snatch, accept, put to advantage, profit from, turn to account, cash in on
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Phrasal Verbs

  • account for

    • 1Give a satisfactory record of (something, typically money, that one is responsible for):

      ‘I had to account for every penny I spent’
      • ‘There are a lot of Government departments that collect revenue from the public and it is important that all the money is accounted for.’
      • ‘Assuring students that all the money would be accounted for, he said he planned to meet with the bursary yesterday to get an idea of the balance in the guild's account.’
      • ‘National has no problem in theory with devolving the management of community programmes and assets to the community itself as long as government money is accounted for.’
      • ‘It did not indicate that he had not accounted for any sums of money.’
      • ‘Fiscal accountability, being very open with students on how we spend our money, accounting for every penny.’
      • ‘What differentiates it from these examples and where the most stinging criticism lies concerns accounting for public money.’
      • ‘They claim that all the money is accounted for because company employees always assist the dead person's relatives.’
      • ‘I have heard that as much as $8 billion of that money cannot be accounted for by the coalition.’
      • ‘There is nothing more satisfying than knowing your entire record can be accounted for by your own hands.’
      • ‘There were few or no controls over how that money was spent and accounted for.’
      • ‘The GO budget, as it is commonly referred to, accounts for money spent by central administration and its related services.’
      • ‘The records were well maintained and all the money was accounted for,’ he said.’
      • ‘The money collected was not accounted for but collection was done on a daily basis.’
      • ‘Education minister Alan Johnson recognised the ‘differences of opinion’ between Mancat and the LSC but stressed the need for money to be accounted for.’
      • ‘The court also indicated that the defendants' fiduciary duty included a responsibility to account for property and money entrusted to them.’
      • ‘You and I don't really want to know how much money they've actually accounted for, do we?’
      • ‘He was unable to account for the money they gave him in the 1990s.’
      • ‘I'm going to be more disciplined about my spending habits, and instead of wasting money, I'll account for everything that I spend.’
      • ‘However, the ESB must account for all the money it spends.’
      • ‘You can have this debt relief, but you have to observe human rights and be honest about accounting for the money, and you've got to put it into education, health care or economic development.’
      1. 1.1Provide or serve as a satisfactory explanation for:
        ‘he was brought before the Board to account for his behaviour’
        • ‘Yesterday I wrote that I thought this explanation probably accounted for most of the change in sentiment among the Spanish electorate.’
        • ‘It is not clear how much variance each of these two explanatory factors provides to account for psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents.’
        • ‘Pierre starts life with the belief that there must be some grand system of explanation that will account for life and justify it, and provide the sure interpretation of it.’
        • ‘This is an absence from the historical record that must be accounted for.’
        • ‘At the end of the day, we are faced with the ‘mystery of evil’, a demonic hatred that runs deeper than merely human explanations can account for.’
        • ‘Scientists immediately scrambled to find an explanation that could account for a persistent, recurring cycle of planet-wide species die-outs.’
        • ‘Still, this sort of power-based explanation cannot account for American activism in the 1890s or 1790s.’
        • ‘At least three, potentially related, explanations may account for this finding.’
        • ‘Even if correct, however, this explanation would not account for the health problems of their younger daughter, who has not yet attended high school.’
        • ‘But neither can conventional political explanations account for this policy choice.’
        • ‘Lastly, there is no one explanation that accounts for Rome's decline and fall.’
        • ‘There is no one explanation that accounts for every feature of the grail legend.’
        • ‘Thus a scenario or process explanation which reasonably accounts for what we know at a particular point in time is not a bad thing, so long as we understand its hybrid nature.’
        • ‘Of course, classically trained economists have bandied about all manner of explanations to account for the anomaly, none of which include management nor manipulation.’
        • ‘Several explanations account for this lack of activism.’
        • ‘This, rather than anything to do with the specific phases of the development of IT, accounts for the recent disappointing record of productivity.’
        • ‘The explanation cannot even account for the flood legends.’
        • ‘However, even this neat explanation fails to account for the appalling standard of this week's releases where the mediocre (at best) rub shoulders with several of the worst films ever made.’
        • ‘Simplistic though it may seem, an elementary explanation may help to account for the gradual shift away from Augustinianism.’
        • ‘But it was not just the fine weather that accounted for the record attendances.’
        explain, give an explanation, come up with an explanation, explain away, answer for, give reasons for, rationalize, provide a rationale for, show grounds for, elucidate, illuminate, clear up
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      2. 1.2Know the fate or whereabouts of (someone or something), especially after an accident:
        ‘everyone was accounted for after the floods’
        • ‘It will release or account for all Gulf War personnel whose fate is still unknown.’
        • ‘Being unable to account for the whereabouts of even one-fifth that many weapons would be alarming, according to former ATF agents, even for a store the size of Bull's Eye.’
        • ‘And think of the faith-healing couple that refuses to account for the whereabouts of their infant.’
        • ‘Why cannot the council account for the whereabouts of the above items or the disappearance of upwards of 20 high quality suits?’
        • ‘Despite this, Anwar and his lawyers were able to account for his whereabouts on every single day of this three-month period.’
        • ‘All major components of the airplane were accounted for at the accident scene.’
        • ‘This is a massive stockpile of biological weapons that has never been accounted for and is capable of killing millions.’
        • ‘Their families will be aware that they cannot account for their whereabouts at that time. I'd urge them to come forward.’
        • ‘Nerac's wife, Fabienne, has asked US Secretary of State Colin Powell to account for her husband's whereabouts during a news conference in Brussels, Belgium.’
        • ‘Kerry's whereabouts must be known and accounted for most, if not all, of that time.’
        • ‘For your information, I can indeed account for my whereabouts when Daniel smashed his neck in.’
        • ‘As part of his defence, Anwar's lawyers accounted for his whereabouts at the time in question - 7.45 p.m. - for every day over that period.’
        • ‘No charges were laid against them, as they could all account for their whereabouts the night Seecharan was set ablaze.’
        • ‘Of course, the prosecution could have pointed out that still wouldn't account for the man's whereabouts in the first three or the last two innings.’
        • ‘Authorities have never publicly accounted for his whereabouts during the time of the alleged motel encounter.’
        • ‘It is claimed that a number of FRU officers cannot account for their whereabouts on March 17.’
    • 2Succeed in killing, destroying, or defeating:

      ‘a mishit drive accounted for Jones, who had scored 32’
      • ‘The winners dominated the second period and a lack of power up front was a major factor in this defeat for the West who accounted for the East Division in the opening round the previous week.’
      • ‘Rooney charged around for the remainder of the match, furious with his - and his team's - inability to defeat the kind of opposition that has to be accounted for if the Premiership title is to be won.’
      • ‘In Major League, undefeated Workers held off a spirited Norths charge to retain the top position, whereas Brothers easily accounted for last-placed Redbirds in a seven innings encounter.’
      • ‘At adult level both junior teams were successful with the junior squad defeating Eire Og and the Junior squad accounting for Kilbride.’
      • ‘Earlier in the week the Eire Og men defeated Michael Davitts in the semi final while Rathvilly accounted for Tinryland in the second semi final.’
      • ‘In the quarterfinals Carlow C.B.S. defeated Col. Iosagain, Portarlington while St. Kieran's accounted for Ballyfin.’
      • ‘They accounted for 14 of the 18 enemy aircraft, destroyed at a cost of eight British lives.’
      • ‘After comfortably accounting for Haydock away and Newton-le Willows at home they destroyed the hopes of Highfield who themselves had aspirations to become league leaders.’
      • ‘Laois accounted for Kildare and Carlow while Carlow defeated Kildare.’
      • ‘After a relatively slow start the Lismore team came home with a barnstorming finish to easily account for the highly fancied Coffs Harbour and Armidale teams.’
      • ‘On the other side Naas pulled out all the stops in defeating Kilkenny and they went on to easily account for Portlaoise in the final.’
      dispose of, finish off, make an end of, deal with, put paid to, take care of, clear up, mop up, eliminate, kill, destroy, dispatch, put out of action, incapacitate
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    • 3Supply or make up (a specified amount or proportion):

      ‘social security accounts for about a third of total public spending’
      • ‘Labourers who plunge to the ground in building site accidents accounted for more than half of all construction deaths, and nearly a third of major injuries across Britain, in 2001-02.’
      • ‘Children account for a large proportion of casualties because they represent 39 per cent of the overall population in the eight hardest-hit countries.’
      • ‘High utilizers of medical services comprise a small proportion of all patients, yet they account for a disproportionate amount of expenses in the health care system.’
      • ‘Motorists who get behind the wheel when tired account for 20 per cent of Britain's road accidents.’
      • ‘Motorways are statistically the safest roads, carrying 15 per cent of traffic and accounting for three per cent of accidents.’
      • ‘More than half of Scotland's councils do not offer school swimming lessons to primary children, and yet recent figures have shown drowning accidents are accounting for nearly 100 young people's deaths annually.’
      • ‘But such accidents account for only one-third of all oil pollution.’
      • ‘Motorbikes represent just 1% of all vehicles on Scottish roads, but they account for more than 14% of road accidents.’
      • ‘Statistics show that heavy vehicles account for a large number of accidents.’
      • ‘Whereas manufacturing once accounted for almost 40% of the UK's output, it now represents less than half that.’
      • ‘And by Wednesday Jackson broke records on Yahoo, accounting for nearly 20% of all terms searched on the site.’
      • ‘Shocking statistics show one-third of workplace accidents occur in the agriculture sector which accounts for just 7.5% of the workforce.’
      • ‘The money from News Corporation accounts for almost half of the NZRU's revenue.’
      • ‘This represents approximately one patient per day and accounts for only a small proportion of attendances with chest pain to an urban emergency department.’
      • ‘Irish consumers also have a unique taste for high dry matter potatoes, with the varieties Kerr's Pink, Record and Rooster accounting for over 60% of total production.’
      • ‘In 2003, there were 83,000 babies born in Shanghai, of which the migrant population was responsible for 26,000, accounting for about one third of the total.’
      • ‘Ten trades in Abbey shares were recorded, accounting for almost €100,000.’
      • ‘The money accounted for three-quarters of the profits made by Kilmarnock Prison Services Ltd over the past two years.’
      • ‘Money laundering, which accounts for £18 bn a year in the UK, is another key issue facing the financial watchdog, and enforcing new regulations will be a key test for him.’
      • ‘In 1969, he accounted for 5% of record sales in the U.S.A., outselling the Beatles.’
      constitute, make up, comprise, form, compose, be responsible for, represent, supply, provide, give
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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘counting’, ‘to count’): from Old French acont (noun), aconter (verb), based on conter to count.

Pronunciation:

account

/əˈkaʊnt/