Definition of account in US English:

account

noun

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

    ‘a detailed account of what has been achieved’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lots of first person accounts of historical events.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A reader of this blog sent me an account of his experience of the campaign, and of its effect on voters.’
    • ‘Thus she began her account with a detailed description of the appropriate behaviour of a collector engaging at first hand with the people.’
    • ‘Dr Friedman's report then gives an account of D.'s further experiences while he was in care.’
    • ‘His book, Pity the Nation, is an account of the events of those years and his own experiences reporting them.’
    • ‘Although this is a historical event, the accounts include variations as far as details are concerned.’
    • ‘Based on eyewitness accounts, the report described how Pashtun villages were attacked after being disarmed by local militia commanders.’
    • ‘Historical accounts describe the young princess as exceedingly tall, thin, pock-marked, and plain, but with a generous nature.’
    • ‘Users can post and read first - hand accounts of fellow travellers experiences.’
    • ‘This is a fascinating collection of poems, essays, reports and accounts based on the experience of work and working.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As you rightly stated, the story reported was an accurate account of the events in the Council Chamber that evening.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even if they are somewhat distorted or adapted, they remain accounts of experienced events, and as such they are valuable sources for the historian.’
    • ‘What follows is a brief account of my experiences and a reconstruction of some events from discussions with the victims.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Elder certainly gave a brilliant account of the piece.’
      • ‘Oleg Marshev is a fine interpreter of the Piano Concerto having already recorded excellent accounts of the Shostakovich and Prokofiev concertos.’
      • ‘Even so, Harnoncourt delivers one of the most rhythmically incisive accounts of the scherzo, sharper even than Szell's.’
      • ‘I haven't heard better accounts of the Holst and Vaughan Williams works.’
      • ‘They give a fine account of the Overture in C minor which has some delightful work for bassoon.’
      • ‘The Concertos are also impressive accounts, featuring decent accompaniment by Robert Stankovsky and this Kosice-based ensemble.’
      • ‘Jennie Tourel, one of the smartest, most musicianly singers of our time, delivers a passionate account.’
      • ‘Silverthorne and his accompanist, Jacobson, give dark, richly passionate accounts.’
      • ‘I think both Bernstein's accounts (on Sony and Deutsche Grammophon) authoritative.’
      • ‘Schleiermacher is already famous for his Satie interpretations and he gives well nigh definitive accounts of the music on disc.’
      • ‘His Mahler Tenth is still viable as a recommendable choice, as are his accounts of Shostakovich symphonies.’
      • ‘This is surely one of the best accounts of the concerto to be released lately.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For a conductor not known for his accounts of modern music, Szell did a great deal of it and almost always superbly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For modern instrument accounts of Mozart's Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Steinberg and Uchida go to the head of the class.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 ledger contains all the income and expense accounts’
    ‘he submitted a quarterly account’
    • ‘Another example, in order to have good financial practice, all local governments have to have financial accounts in the same format.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Details of the transfer are included in the notes to the 2004 financial accounts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 Appeal did not produce annual income and expenditure accounts or balance sheets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have among my financial memorabilia its 1968 accounts, when it was still known as Wiles Group.’
    • ‘It alleged that ERF's accounts and financial statements were misstated.’
    • ‘Groups operating within The Priestley will now run as individual business organisations, with their own financial accounts.’
    • ‘Franchisers' financial statements and profit-and-loss accounts, at least in the last two years, should be examined.’
    • ‘Profits at the Port of Cork Company more than halved last year, according to its latest financial accounts.’
    • ‘They also suggested he could call an extraordinary general meeting to get a look at Manchester United's financial accounts.’
    • ‘The Garda Commissioner will have to stand over the financial accounts of the force under new measures being introduced by the Government.’
    • ‘This is to facilitate companies who are working to tight deadlines with their end of year financial accounts.’
    • ‘Compliance involves examining a set of key accounts including payroll, financial reporting, purchasing, payables and billing.’
    • ‘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 advanced course is aimed at providing farmers with the expertise in using packages such as breeding charts, farm accounts and VAT recording and returns.’
    • ‘While the insolvency practitioners continue to cast their eye over City's financial accounts, the Trust are now putting fundraising plans in place.’
    • ‘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.’
    financial record, book, ledger, journal, balance sheet, financial statement, results
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    1. 2.1accounts The department of a company that deals with financial accounts.
      • ‘By 1861 Whiffin was Chief Clerk in the Cash and Accounts Section.’
      • ‘Keith's appraisal - it's staff appraisal time and although other staff talk about their career dreams, David tries to get to know Keith from Accounts whose strengths are. er… Accounts.’
      • ‘Two of these men work in the Department's Accounts unit.’
      • ‘A product of Maharaja's College, Mysore, where he did his MA in Economics, Mr. Ramaswamy joined the Indian Audit and Accounts Service in 1951.’
  • 3An arrangement by which a body holds funds on behalf of a client or supplies goods or services to the client on credit.

    ‘a bank account’
    ‘I began buying things on account’
    ‘charge it to my account’
    ‘I wanted to get some money from the ATM and check my account’
    • ‘Child Trust Fund accounts are available from banks, building societies and other financial organisations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They can then ‘pyramid’ this debt with a further 16 credit union accounts and borrow a further €64,000.’
    • ‘If you fail to make payments on your credit card accounts, these funds will be used to cover your obligations.’
    • ‘By the time the error was discovered, B had withdrawn the funds credited to his account by the F Bank.’
    • ‘Large quantities of Swiss francs credited to private accounts in various Swiss banks.’
    • ‘EFTPOS allows access to both credit-card accounts or own funds by means of debit cards.’
    • ‘Oh don't worry about the cost just add it to my account and bill me at the end of the month.’
    • ‘They contribute between €1 and €5 per week and it is kept on account in the local Credit Union.’
    • ‘Furthermore, these dividend accounts are being credited with interest.’
    • ‘Too many suppliers have accounts more than 90 days past due.’
    • ‘Stamp duty is payable on credit card accounts maintained by banks on April 1 each year.’
    • ‘Funds argue that small accounts are expensive, which raises the cost of investing for all shareholders.’
    • ‘You can pay anything from £50 a month upwards into the account, or from £250 as a lump sum.’
    • ‘Would there be restrictions on the types of investments that could be made, say to mutual funds or IRA accounts?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Treasury has promised that the first Child Trust Fund accounts will be up and running by April 2005 at the latest.’
    • ‘This has the effect of cutting mortgage interest when your cheque account is in credit, or increasing it when funds run short.’
    • ‘You must pay at least £1, 000 a month into the Moneyback account to qualify.’
    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’
      • ‘They also liked being able to preview jobs before printing, to establish corporate accounts, and above all, to get their orders quickly.’
      • ‘Also list key accounts, potential customers, market survey data, drawings, agreements, and financial projections to the plan.’
      • ‘Brown & Sons Inc., where he handled retail and institutional accounts.’
      • ‘That's especially helpful when I'm taking over an account from another sales rep.’
      • ‘Inspiration to pursue corporate accounts came after a customer made a request for 500 crystal bowls.’
      • ‘Within three years, we had 700 accounts across Europe, making us the largest suppliers of ladies' golfwear to the European market.’
      • ‘Healthy price competition between multiple vendors vying for an account benefits the customer.’
      • ‘The promo won the brand 100 new retail accounts, while awakening interest from other Hollywood studios for future tie-ins.’
      • ‘It talks to the culture of differences between retail accounts and the manufacturer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Unlike other firms cited in the story, Merrill does not disclose trading volume or the number of accounts in its retail brokerage business.’
      • ‘The agency will take over the account from the Helme Partnership at the end of this month.’
    2. 3.2 A contract to do work periodically 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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  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Please send job offers to me via my iChat account.’
    • ‘Make sure it isn't a password that you are already using for another account on your Mac.’
    • ‘Choose or create an account and click "Next."’
    • ‘This computer doesn't multitask very well, particularly if you have multiple user accounts set up via Windows XP.’
    • ‘Someone's been going thru my email, tweets and Facebook accounts for years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many of these systems have default admin accounts, non-updated software, no security patches, etc.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were receiving frantic calls regarding accounts and computers crashing all weekend long, and they had no idea why.’
  • 5Importance.

    ‘money was of no account to her’
    • ‘Others are treated as if they are of little account and their views discounted.’
    • ‘As with his son, his death was treated as a matter of no account.’
    • ‘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 individual building blocks of words are in themselves of little account.’
    • ‘The fact that he has collected so many baubles in the glory years is of no account to the second row.’
    • ‘Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church.’
    • ‘It is of no account: for the royals, the crisis has passed.’
    • ‘Worst of all, she treated him like he was of no account at all.’
    • ‘At the time of the Reformation the body was deemed to be of little account when there was a soul to be saved.’
    • ‘In most cases, that extraneous text will be of little account - but in others, it may be quite sensitive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The absence of dramatic action was of little account to audiences used to the lyrical pastoral play.’
    • ‘Throughout history, God has chosen those who are of no account in the world's eyes to receive and testify to the gospel.’
    • ‘The effect on even the far south of country will be of no account.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even establishment politics was of little account in the small-town press.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The fact that in typical sized prints the difference is vanishingly small is 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 clear subtext is that what goes on in the festering ghettos is of no account: just keep it away from us and our children.’
    importance, import, significance, consequence, moment, momentousness, substance, note, mark, prominence, value, weightiness, weight, concern, interest, gravity, seriousness
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verb

  • 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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Phrases

  • by (or from) all accounts

    • According to what one has heard or read.

      ‘by all accounts he is a pretty nice guy’
      • ‘And from all accounts, many of the residents there have chosen to leave that area.’
      • ‘No matter that from all accounts, including this Sunday morning's, his cricketing abilities ranked somewhere near mine.’
      • ‘However, from all accounts, our Juvenile athletes appear to be in splendid form.’
      • ‘Happy to report the Hungary Festival in Japan, by all accounts, was an overwhelming success.’
      • ‘A great business plan from all accounts but no real backing.’
      • ‘He was, by all accounts, a crude chap who, when he cursed, did so to effect.’
      • ‘Your marriage, from all accounts, isn't a happy one.’
      • ‘Similarly, whatever is said on radio is taken as gospel by undiscerning listeners who, from all accounts, comprise the clear majority.’
      • ‘It won Gold at this year's award advertising ceremony and, by all accounts, is earning gold at the tills.’
      • ‘And from all accounts, there have been several such fatalities.’
      • ‘Jones, by all accounts, is improved this season in build and mind.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This, from all accounts, may be an annual event and everyone who attended had a ball.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She went ahead with it, and from all accounts, it was an extremely emotional, moving experience.’
      • ‘And by all accounts, Des is having an inspirational effect on the young members of the cast.’
      • ‘But, from all accounts, most thong wearers do claim a sense of self-assurance and freedom.’
      • ‘The publisher was also, by all accounts, a damn good copy editor.’
      • ‘Sam was, by all accounts, a practical hands-on man whose grip had the grit of hard work.’
      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.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So now the time has come to call them to account: Judgment Day has arrived for the judges.’
      • ‘His audience must decide whether these claims are credible and whether to endorse him or call him to account.’
      • ‘It was the bloggers, invoking their own standards - not a code but an evolving culture - that called them to account.’
      • ‘The State was called to account at an international meeting, but they did not attend.’
      • ‘They could call me to account when my actions didn't match my professed beliefs.’
      • ‘She will not be buried until somebody is brought to account for what happened.’
      • ‘You could argue that the mechanisms have worked, they have been called to account and found lacking.’
      • ‘It is interesting that they are not called to account for this startling performance.’
      • ‘Second, if you violate that trust, you will be called to account, no matter how powerful, no matter how wealthy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Members would work closely with other organisations and call them to account if they did not meet the needs of local people.’
      • ‘If any pharmacist has breached the law they will be called to account.’
      • ‘It is past time that the Star Tribune is 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.’
      • ‘The journalists dared not transmit anything for which they might be called to account later.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Much more effective, she says, is to gather intelligence about the drugs masterminds - then bring them to account before the courts themselves.’
      • ‘He said the case was a clear warning to people offering alternative medicine and ‘miracle cures’ that they will be called to account.’
      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 favorable (or unfavorable) impression through one's performance.

      • ‘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.

      • ‘Normally the operator kept an account of the person's name and amount owed and expected payment every two to four weeks.’
      • ‘Somehow he kept an account of these labyrinthine dealings, for the village court records were faultless.’
      • ‘Buy a little book ruled for the purpose for pounds, shillings and pence and keep an account of cash received and expended.’
      • ‘Also keeping an account of the goings on was Paddy Maher, originally from Rathleague.’
      • ‘The locality collecting this amount should also have the right to spend and keep an account of such amounts.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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’.’
  • leave something out of account

    • Fail or decline to consider a factor.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He will be neither consoled nor assured to be told that the prejudicial information was 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’
      • ‘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 didn't want my boss to lose her job on my account.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We quickly intervened, but the damage had been done and we felt terrible that this had happened on our account.’
      • ‘But if I can conclude from the evaluation that this failure is on my account then I will have to leave.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I feel guilty on their account, and again, I feel it's entirely my fault.’
      • ‘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, as you also probably realize, I'm basically just a naive idealist; so, truly, don't get too worked up 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.’
      • ‘But please, don't stop name-dropping your glamorous existence in the sweaty cosmopolis on my account.’
      • ‘Troops didn't hold back antiwar feelings on my account.’
      • ‘He was grieved on their account and did not know how to protect them.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘Look, I'll even accept 4's, but if you plan to go lower, don't put yourself out on my account.’
      • ‘Our sincere thanks to Ray for giving up his Saturday on our account.’
  • on account of

    • Because of.

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

    • Under no circumstances.

      ‘on no account let anyone know we're interested’
      • ‘People are increasingly aware that on no account must economic development be achieved at the expense of the environment.’
      • ‘PC users are advised to delete suspicious messages and on no account to open attachments matching the description for the virus.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Before we meet, her PR tells me that on no account will she answer any questions on the subject.’
      • ‘The residents of the area have made it quite clear that on no account will this be tolerated in this built up area.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So while I wasn't actually denied a certificate, I was warned that on no account must I dive deeper than 10m.’
      • ‘Even if you do nothing else in Madrid, on no account should you miss the Prado.’
      • ‘When the aforementioned boss sends you an e-mail entitled ‘Promotion notice’, on no account should you infer that it involves you.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The unit closed and barred its doors and we were told on no account to leave our stations for the duration of the emergency.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And I will on no account drink more than one glass of wine.’
      • ‘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.’
      never, certainly not, absolutely not, definitely not, not in any event, by no means
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  • on one's own account

    • With one's own money or assets, rather than for an employer or client.

      ‘he began trading on his own account’
  • settle (or square) accounts with

    • 1Pay money owed to (someone).

      • ‘Over the past month and a half, the city settled accounts with 13 property owners on the list, collecting more than $280,000 in the process.’
      • ‘After a long time the master of those servants returned, and settled accounts with them.’
      • ‘PwC were plainly correct in the line they took for, when Jarvis finally settled accounts with Railtrack, Jarvis had to write off this £12 million and a further £6.8 beside.’
      • ‘Out of time, then, for when I deposited a large insurance company cheque after a burglary and, just when I had started to settle accounts with it, they decided to withdraw it without warning, leaving me in the red.’
      • ‘Then I shall go procure lodging for myself here in town, after which I shall stop by to settle accounts with Mrs. MacBelch.’
      1. 1.1Have revenge on.
        ‘the potential danger of using the bill for settling accounts with political opponents’
        • ‘But nothing seems to preoccupy them quite as much as the urge to settle accounts with the old government.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘On this basis, Shachtman rejected the possibility of the Soviet working class settling accounts with Stalinism through a political revolution.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The DSS has accused the government of using the state of emergency to settle accounts with its political opponents.’
        • ‘Pseudoscientists are anxious to settle accounts with the Academy of Science, because the Academy is a great obstacle to these newly half-baked ‘scientists.’’
        • ‘The Emperor returned once again to Italy, to settle accounts with the Lombard League.’
        • ‘Rick was just going to have to forget about settling accounts with her because she was having none of it.’
        • ‘If a European referendum is held, it will be time to settle accounts with the EU kleptocracy.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Gritting their teeth, because the holy men were accustomed to other methods of settling accounts with heretics and nonbelievers.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The idea, however, was rejected because of the potential danger of using the asset forfeiture bill for settling accounts with political opponents.’
        • ‘Henry chose the question of ‘criminous clerks' as the issue on which to settle accounts with his archbishop.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘What we may assume is that an embittered Charlotte is determined to settle accounts with Elizabeth.’
        • ‘There, too, the working class was blocked from settling accounts with fascism and capitalism.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The work is about the artist's efforts to settle accounts with Bertha Alyce by ‘exposing’ her.’
        • ‘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.’
        get one's revenge, have one's revenge, take one's revenge, get one's revenge on, have one's revenge on, take one's revenge on, be revenged, be revenged on, revenge oneself, revenge oneself on, hit back, get back at, get, get even, get even with, even the score, even the score with, settle a score, settle the score, settle accounts, settle accounts with, 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, take reprisals, take reprisals against, exact retribution, exact retribution 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 a specified thing along with other factors before reaching a decision or taking action.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 simple truth is that a number of factors are taken into account, including circulation figures.’
      • ‘These factors will be taken into account when the application for the Stockwell Square development is considered by the Planning Board.’
      • ‘It should be noted, however, that several important factors are not taken into account in the calculation.’
      • ‘These risks tend to disappear altogether when factors other than weight are taken into account.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘Furthermore, from time to time, they take these economic implications into account, along with other factors, in arriving at their decisions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The council would then take all representations into account before reaching a final decision.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is vital that risks to men, women, and children are all taken into account as being seriously important.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Obviously, any major troop movement must be based on a government decision that takes all relevant factors into account.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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
      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
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  • there's no accounting for tastes (or taste)

    • proverb It is impossible to explain why different people like different things, especially those things that the speaker considers unappealing.

      • ‘They DO like Papa Roach though, so 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.)’
      • ‘On the other hand my wife bought a Glock and married me, so there's no accounting for taste!’
      • ‘The right mood music can do a lot for an evening of love, but there's no accounting for taste.’
      • ‘But, I suppose there's no accounting for taste.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Still, there's no accounting for taste - and she did, allegedly, have that tattoo on her ankle.’
      • ‘You may be wondering why she was ever with me in the first place, 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.’
      • ‘I like reading a Hooton poem but there's no accounting for tastes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But, as they point out there's no accounting for taste.’
      • ‘I thought it was tacky with garbage music, but hey, there's no accounting for taste.’
      • ‘I guess 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.’’
      • ‘Well, it just proves once again that 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.’
      • ‘Taste might seem completely subjective - we all know the saying there's no accounting for taste.’
      • ‘I actually enjoyed Reign Of Fire, so there's no accounting for taste.’
  • turn something to (good) account

    • Turn something to one's advantage.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She has not been engaged in a business activity to exploit her sporting prowess or to turn her talent to account in money.’
      • ‘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, seize, seize 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).

      • ‘There is nothing more satisfying than knowing your entire record can be accounted for by your own hands.’
      • ‘He was unable to account for the money they gave him in the 1990s.’
      • ‘I have heard that as much as $8 billion of that money cannot be accounted for by the coalition.’
      • ‘They claim that all the money is accounted for because company employees always assist the dead person's relatives.’
      • ‘There are a lot of Government departments that collect revenue from the public and it is important that all the money is accounted for.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Education minister Alan Johnson recognised the ‘differences of opinion’ between Mancat and the LSC but stressed the need for money to be accounted for.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You and I don't really want to know how much money they've actually accounted for, do we?’
      • ‘Fiscal accountability, being very open with students on how we spend our money, accounting for every penny.’
      • ‘The court also indicated that the defendants' fiduciary duty included a responsibility to account for property and money entrusted to them.’
      • ‘There were few or no controls over how that money was spent and 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.’
      • ‘I'm going to be more disciplined about my spending habits, and instead of wasting money, I'll account for everything that I spend.’
      • ‘What differentiates it from these examples and where the most stinging criticism lies concerns accounting for public money.’
      • ‘However, the ESB must account for all the money it spends.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It did not indicate that he had not accounted for any sums of money.’
      • ‘The money collected was not accounted for but collection was done on a daily basis.’
      1. 1.1Provide or serve as a satisfactory explanation or reason for.
        ‘he was brought before the Board to account for his behavior’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Scientists immediately scrambled to find an explanation that could account for a persistent, recurring cycle of planet-wide species die-outs.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Several explanations account for this lack of activism.’
        • ‘But it was not just the fine weather that accounted for the record attendances.’
        • ‘Yesterday I wrote that I thought this explanation probably accounted for most of the change in sentiment among the Spanish electorate.’
        • ‘Of course, classically trained economists have bandied about all manner of explanations to account for the anomaly, none of which include management nor manipulation.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Even if correct, however, this explanation would not account for the health problems of their younger daughter, who has not yet attended high school.’
        • ‘Simplistic though it may seem, an elementary explanation may help to account for the gradual shift away from Augustinianism.’
        • ‘This is an absence from the historical record that must be accounted for.’
        • ‘It is not clear how much variance each of these two explanatory factors provides to account for psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents.’
        • ‘There is no one explanation that accounts for every feature of the grail legend.’
        • ‘This, rather than anything to do with the specific phases of the development of IT, accounts for the recent disappointing record of productivity.’
        • ‘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.’
        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’
        • ‘Kerry's whereabouts must be known and accounted for most, if not all, of that time.’
        • ‘Their families will be aware that they cannot account for their whereabouts at that time. I'd urge them to come forward.’
        • ‘All major components of the airplane were accounted for at the accident scene.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘This is a massive stockpile of biological weapons that has never been accounted for and is capable of killing millions.’
        • ‘For your information, I can indeed account for my whereabouts when Daniel smashed his neck in.’
        • ‘Authorities have never publicly accounted for his whereabouts during the time of the alleged motel encounter.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘No charges were laid against them, as they could all account for their whereabouts the night Seecharan was set ablaze.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘It is claimed that a number of FRU officers cannot account for their whereabouts on March 17.’
        • ‘It will release or account for all Gulf War personnel whose fate is still unknown.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
      3. 1.3Succeed in killing, destroying, or defeating.
        ‘the fifth inning accounted for Lyons, who gave up three back-to-back home runs’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Laois accounted for Kildare and Carlow while Carlow defeated Kildare.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘At adult level both junior teams were successful with the junior squad defeating Eire Og and the Junior squad accounting for Kilbride.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘They accounted for 14 of the 18 enemy aircraft, destroyed at a cost of eight British lives.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        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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    • 2Supply or make up (a specified amount or proportion)

      ‘social security accounts for about a third of total public spending’
      • ‘This represents approximately one patient per day and accounts for only a small proportion of attendances with chest pain to an urban emergency department.’
      • ‘Motorists who get behind the wheel when tired account for 20 per cent of Britain's road accidents.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And by Wednesday Jackson broke records on Yahoo, accounting for nearly 20% of all terms searched on the site.’
      • ‘But such accidents account for only one-third of all oil pollution.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In 1969, he accounted for 5% of record sales in the U.S.A., outselling the Beatles.’
      • ‘Children account for a large proportion of casualties because they represent 39 per cent of the overall population in the eight hardest-hit countries.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Whereas manufacturing once accounted for almost 40% of the UK's output, it now represents less than half that.’
      • ‘The money from News Corporation accounts for almost half of the NZRU's revenue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Shocking statistics show one-third of workplace accidents occur in the agriculture sector which accounts for just 7.5% of the workforce.’
      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//əˈkount/