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Definition of account verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

account

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//əˈkaʊnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈkaʊnt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they account
BrE BrE//əˈkaʊnt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈkaʊnt//
 
he / she / it accounts
BrE BrE//əˈkaʊnts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈkaʊnts//
 
past simple accounted
BrE BrE//əˈkaʊntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈkaʊntɪd//
 
past participle accounted
BrE BrE//əˈkaʊntɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈkaʊntɪd//
 
-ing form accounting
BrE BrE//əˈkaʊntɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈkaʊntɪŋ//
 
 
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  •  [usually passive] (formal) to have the opinion that somebody/something is a particular thing account somebody/something + adj. In English law a person is accounted innocent until they are proved guilty. account somebody/something + noun The event was accounted a success.
  • Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘counting’, ‘to count’): from Old French acont (noun), aconter (verb), based on conter ‘to count’.Idioms
    there’s no accounting for taste
     
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     (saying) used to say how difficult it is to understand why somebody likes somebody/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 somebodyaccount for something (to somebody)
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: account