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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Account  \Ac*count"\,  n.  [OE.  acount,  account,  accompt,  OF 
  acont  fr  aconter  See  {Account},  v.  t.,  {Count},  n.,  1.] 
  1.  A  reckoning;  computation;  calculation;  enumeration;  a 
  record  of  some  reckoning;  as  the  Julian  account  of  time. 
 
  A  beggarly  account  of  empty  boxes.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  A  registry  of  pecuniary  transactions;  a  written  or  printed 
  statement  of  business  dealings  or  debts  and  credits,  and 
  also  of  other  things  subjected  to  a  reckoning  or  review; 
  as  to  keep  one's  account  at  the  bank. 
 
  3.  A  statement  in  general  of  reasons,  causes,  grounds,  etc., 
  explanatory  of  some  event;  as  no  satisfactory  account  has 
  been  given  of  these  phenomena.  Hence  the  word  is  often 
  used  simply  for  reason,  ground,  consideration,  motive, 
  etc.;  as  on  no  account,  on  every  account,  on  all 
  accounts. 
 
  4.  A  statement  of  facts  or  occurrences;  recital  of 
  transactions;  a  relation  or  narrative;  a  report;  a 
  description;  as  an  account  of  a  battle.  ``A  laudable 
  account  of  the  city  of  London.''  --Howell. 
 
  5.  A  statement  and  explanation  or  vindication  of  one's 
  conduct  with  reference  to  judgment  thereon. 
 
  Give  an  account  of  thy  stewardship.  --Luke  xvi.  2. 
 
  6.  An  estimate  or  estimation;  valuation;  judgment.  ``To  stand 
  high  in  your  account.''  --Shak. 
 
  7.  Importance;  worth;  value;  advantage;  profit.  ``Men  of 
  account.''  --Pope.  ``To  turn  to  account.''  --Shak. 
 
  {Account  current},  a  running  or  continued  account  between  two 
  or  more  parties,  or  a  statement  of  the  particulars  of  such 
  an  account. 
 
  {In  account  with},  in  a  relation  requiring  an  account  to  be 
  kept. 
 
  {On  account  of},  for  the  sake  of  by  reason  of  because  of 
 
 
  {On  one's  own  account},  for  one's  own  interest  or  behalf. 
 
  {To  make  account},  to  have  an  opinion  or  expectation;  to 
  reckon.  [Obs.] 
 
  This  other  part  .  .  .  makes  account  to  find  no 
  slender  arguments  for  this  assertion  out  of  those 
  very  scriptures  which  are  commonly  urged  against  it 
  --Milton. 
 
  {To  make  account  of},  to  hold  in  estimation;  to  esteem;  as 
  he  makes  small  account  of  beauty. 
 
  {To  take  account  of},  or  {to  take  into  account},  to  take  into 
  consideration;  to  notice.  ``Of  their  doings,  God  takes  no 
  account.''  --Milton 
  . 
 
  {A  writ  of  account}  (Law),  a  writ  which  the  plaintiff  brings 
  demanding  that  the  defendant  shall  render  his  just 
  account,  or  show  good  cause  to  the  contrary;  --  called 
  also  an  {action  of  account}.  --Cowell. 
 
  Syn:  Narrative;  narration;  relation;  recital;  description; 
  explanation;  rehearsal. 
 
  Usage:  {Account},  {Narrative},  {Narration},  {Recital}.  These 
  words  are  applied  to  different  modes  of  rehearsing  a 
  series  of  events.  {Account}  turns  attention  not  so 
  much  to  the  speaker  as  to  the  fact  related,  and  more 
  properly  applies  to  the  report  of  some  single  event, 
  or  a  group  of  incidents  taken  as  whole;  as  an 
  {account}  of  a  battle,  of  a  shipwreck,  etc  A 
  {narrative}  is  a  continuous  story  of  connected 
  incidents,  such  as  one  friend  might  tell  to  another; 
  as  a  {narrative}  of  the  events  of  a  siege,  a 
  {narrative}  of  one's  life,  etc  {Narration}  is  usually 
  the  same  as  {narrative},  but  is  sometimes  used  to 
  describe  the  {mode}  of  relating  events;  as  his  powers 
  of  {narration}  are  uncommonly  great.  {Recital}  denotes 
  a  series  of  events  drawn  out  into  minute  particulars, 
  usually  expressing  something  which  peculiarly 
  interests  the  feelings  of  the  speaker;  as  the 
  {recital}  of  one's  wrongs,  disappointments, 
  sufferings,  etc 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Account  \Ac*count"\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  render  or  receive  an  account  or  relation  of 
  particulars;  as  an  officer  must  account  with  or  to  the 
  treasurer  for  money  received. 
 
  2.  To  render  an  account;  to  answer  in  judgment;  --  with  for 
  as  we  must  account  for  the  use  of  our  opportunities. 
 
  3.  To  give  a  satisfactory  reason;  to  tell  the  cause  of  to 
  explain;  --  with  for  as  idleness  accounts  for  poverty. 
 
  {To  account  of},  to  esteem;  to  prize;  to  value.  Now  used  only 
  in  the  passive.  ``I  account  of  her  beauty.''  --Shak. 
 
  Newer  was  preaching  more  accounted  of  than  in  the 
  sixteenth  century.  --Canon 
  Robinson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Account  \Ac*count"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Accounted};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Accounting}.]  [OE.  acounten  accompten  OF  aconter 
  [`a]  (L.  ad)  +  conter  to  count  F.  conter  to  tell  compter  to 
  count  L.  computare  See  {Count},  v.  t.] 
  1.  To  reckon;  to  compute;  to  count  [Obs.] 
 
  The  motion  of  .  .  .  the  sun  whereby  years  are 
  accounted.  --Sir  T. 
  Browne. 
 
  2.  To  place  to  one's  account;  to  put  to  the  credit  of  to 
  assign;  --  with  to  [R.]  --Clarendon. 
 
  3.  To  value,  estimate,  or  hold  in  opinion;  to  judge  or 
  consider;  to  deem. 
 
  Accounting  that  God  was  able  to  raise  him  up  --Heb. 
  xi  19. 
 
  4.  To  recount;  to  relate.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  account 
  n  1:  a  formal  contractual  relationship  established  to  provide  for 
  regular  banking  or  brokerage  or  business  services;  "he 
  asked  to  see  the  executive  who  handled  his  account" 
  [syn:  {business  relationship}] 
  2:  the  act  of  informing  by  verbal  report;  "he  heard  reports 
  that  they  were  causing  trouble";  "by  all  accounts  they 
  were  a  happy  couple"  [syn:  {report}] 
  3:  a  record  or  narrative  description  of  past  events:  "a  history 
  of  France";  "he  gave  an  inaccurate  account  of  the  plot  to 
  kill  the  president";  "the  story  of  exposure  to  lead"  [syn: 
  {history},  {chronicle},  {story}] 
  4:  a  short  account  of  the  news  "the  report  of  his  speech"; 
  "the  story  was  on  the  11  o'clock  news";  "the  account  of 
  his  speech  that  was  given  on  the  evening  news  made  the 
  governor  furious"  [syn:  {report},  {news  report},  {story}, 
  {write  up}] 
  5:  a  statement  of  recent  transactions  and  the  resulting 
  balance;  "they  send  me  an  accounting  every  month"  [syn:  {accounting}, 
  {account  statement}] 
  6:  a  statement  that  explains;  "he  launched  into  a  detailed 
  explanation";  "he  demanded  that  I  give  an  account  for  my 
  failure"  [syn:  {explanation}] 
  7:  a  statement  of  money  owed  for  goods  or  services;  "he  paid 
  his  bill  and  left";  "send  me  an  account  of  what  I  owe" 
  [syn:  {bill},  {invoice}] 
  8:  grounds;  "don't  do  it  on  my  account";  "the  paper  was 
  rejected  on  acount  of  its  length";  "he  tried  to  blame  the 
  victim  but  his  success  on  that  score  was  doubtful"  [syn:  {score}] 
  9:  importance  or  value;  "a  person  of  considerable  account";  "he 
  predicted  that  although  it  is  of  small  account  now  it  will 
  rapidly  increase  in  importance" 
  10:  the  quality  of  taking  advantage;  "she  turned  her  writing 
  skills  to  good  account" 
  v  :  keep  an  account  of  [syn:  {calculate}] 




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