Definition of account noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    jump to other results
    at bank
  1. 1 (abbreviation acct.) an arrangement that someone has with a bank, etc. to keep money there, take some out, etc. I don't have a bank account. to have an account at/with a bank to open/close an account What's your account number please? I deposited the check into my savings account. a joint account (= one that more than one person uses) see also checking account, savings account
  2. business records
  3. 2 [usually plural] a written record of all the money that a business pays out and receives to do the accounts to keep the accounts up to date accounts payable/accounts receivable see also expense account, profit and loss account
  4. with store/company
  5. 3 (also charge account informal, charge) an arrangement with a store or business to pay bills for goods or services at a later time, for example in regular amounts every month Put it on my store account please. We have accounts with most of our suppliers. Thesaurusbillaccount invoice checkThese are all words for a record of how much you owe for goods or services you have bought or used.bill a list of goods that you have bought or services that you have used, showing how much you owe; the price or cost of something:the gas billaccount an arrangement with a store or business to pay bills for goods or services at a later time, for example in regular amounts every month:Put it on my account please.invoice a bill for goods that someone has bought or work that has been done for somone:The contractor sent an invoice for $750.bill or invoice?You would get a bill (or check) in a restaurant, bar, or hotel; a bill from a company that supplies you with gas, electricity, etc.; or a bill from somebody whose property you have damaged. An invoice is for goods supplied or work done as agreed between a customer and a supplier.check a piece of paper that shows how much you have to pay for the food and drinks that you have had in a restaurant:Can I have the check, please? Let's split the check (= let's each pay half).Patterns the bill/invoice/check for something to pay/settle a(n) bill/account/invoice/check to put something on the/somebody's bill/account/invoice/check
  6. regular customer
  7. 4(business) a regular customer The agency has lost several of its most important accounts.
  8. computing
  9. 5an arrangement that someone has with a company that allows them to use the Internet, send, and receive messages by e-mail, etc. an Internet/e-mail account
  10. description
  11. 6a written or spoken description of something that has happened He gave the police a full account of the incident. The diaries contained detailed accounts of the writer's experiences in China. Thesaurusreportstory account versionThese are all words for a written or spoken account of a written or spoken account of an event, especially one that is published or broadcast:We're getting reports of fighting in the south of the country.story an account, often spoken, of what happened to someone, or of how something happened; a report of events in a newspaper, magazine, or news broadcast:It was many years before the full story was made public. the front-page storyaccount a written or spoken description of something that has happened:He gave the police a full account of the or account?A report is always of recent events, especially news. An account may be of events in the recent or distant past.version a description of an event from the point of view of a particular person or group of people:She gave us her version of what had happened that day.Patterns a report/story about something a(n) report/account/version of something a brief/short report/story/account a/the full report/story/account/version a news report/story to give a(n) report/account/version
  12. 7an explanation or a description of an idea, a theory, or a process the Biblical account of the creation of the world
  13. Idioms
    a blow-by-blow account, description, etc. (of something)(informal)
    jump to other results
    a description of an event that gives you all the details in the order in which they happen He insisted on giving us a blow-by-blow account of what had happened.
    by/from all accounts
    jump to other results
    according to what other people say I've never been there, but it's a beautiful place, by all accounts.
    by your own account
    jump to other results
    according to what you say yourself By his own account, he had an unhappy childhood.
    call somebody to account (for/over something)
    jump to other results
    to make someone explain a mistake, etc. because they are responsible for it
    if you buy something or pay on account, you pay nothing or only a small amount immediately and the rest later
    on somebody's account
    jump to other results
    because of what you think someone wants Please don't change your plans on my account.
    on account of somebody/something
    jump to other results
    because of someone or something She retired early on account of ill health. The marsh is an area of great scientific interest on account of its wild flowers. Language Bankbecause ofexplaining reasons The number of people with diabetes is growing, partly because of an increase in levels of obesity. The number of overweight children has increased dramatically in recent years, largely as a result of changes in diet and lifestyle. The increase in childhood obesity is largely due to/the result of changes in lifestyle and diet over the last twenty years. Many obese children are bullied at school on account of their weight. Part of the problem with treating childhood obesity stems from the fact that parents do not always recognize that their children are obese. Childhood obesity may be caused by genetic factors as well as environmental ones.
    on no account,not on any account
    jump to other results
    (used to emphasize something) not for any reason On no account should the house be left unlocked.
      on your own account
      jump to other results
    1. 1for yourself In 2006 Smith set up in business on his own account.
    2. 2because you want to and you have decided, not someone else No one sent me, I am here on my own account.
    on this/that account(formal)
    jump to other results
    because of the particular thing that has been mentioned Weather conditions were poor, but he did not delay his departure on that account.
    put/turn something to good account(formal)
    jump to other results
    to use something in a good or helpful way He turned his artistic talents to good account by teaching art to children.
    settle a score/an account (with somebody),settle an old score
    jump to other results
    to hurt or punish someone who has harmed or cheated you in the past “Who would do such a thing?” “Maybe someone with an old score to settle.”
    take account of something,take something into account
    jump to other results
    to consider particular facts, circumstances, etc. when making a decision about something The company takes account of environmental issues wherever possible. Coursework is taken into account as well as exam results. The defendant asked for a number of other offenses to be taken into account.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: account