American English

Definition of account verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[usually passive] (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they account
he / she / it accounts
past simple accounted
-ing form accounting
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  • to have the opinion that someone or something is a particular thing account somebody/something + adj. In American law, a person is accounted innocent until they are proved guilty. account somebody/something + noun The event was accounted a success.
  • Idioms
    all present and accounted for
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    used to say that all the things or people who should be there are now there
    there's no accounting for taste (saying)
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    used to say how difficult it is to understand why someone likes someone or something that you do not like at all She thinks he's wonderful—oh well, there's no accounting for taste.
    Phrasal Verbsaccount for somethingaccount for somebody/somethingaccount for something (to somebody)
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: account