(noun.) the quality of taking advantage; 'she turned her writing skills to good account'.

(noun.) importance or value; 'a person of considerable account'; 'he predicted that although it is of small account now it will rapidly increase in importance'.

(noun.) a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance; 'they send me an accounting every month'.

(noun.) 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'.

(verb.) furnish a justifying analysis or explanation; 'I can't account for the missing money'.

(verb.) keep an account of.

(verb.) be the sole or primary factor in the existence, acquisition, supply, or disposal of something; 'Passing grades account for half of the grades given in this exam'.

凯瑟琳编辑--From WordNet


(n.) A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning; as, the Julian account of time.

(n.) 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.

(n.) 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.

(n.) A statement of facts or occurrences; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description; as, an account of a battle.

(n.) A statement and explanation or vindication of one's conduct with reference to judgment thereon.

(n.) An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment.

(n.) Importance; worth; value; advantage; profit.

(v. t.) To reckon; to compute; to count.

(v. t.) To place to one's account; to put to the credit of; to assign; -- with to.

(v. t.) To value, estimate, or hold in opinion; to judge or consider; to deem.

(v. t.) To recount; to relate.

(v. i.) To render or receive an account or relation of particulars; as, an officer must account with or to the treasurer for money received.

(v. i.) To render an account; to answer in judgment; -- with for; as, we must account for the use of our opportunities.

(v. i.) To give a satisfactory reason; to tell the cause of; to explain; -- with for; as, idleness accounts for poverty.



n. [1]. Record, register, inventory, score.[2]. Bill, charge, registry of debt and credit.[3]. Beckoning, computation, calculation, enumeration, tale, count.[4]. Description, statement, narration, recital, rehearsal, relation, narrative, chronicle, history, delineation, representation, portrayal, detail, word, tidings, report.[5]. Consideration, regard, motive, reason, ground, sake.[6]. Consequence, importance, worth, distinction, dignity, repute, reputation, note.[7]. Profit, advantage, benefit.

v. a. Esteem, regard, deem, think, hold, consider, view, reckon, rate, estimate, look upon.

v. n. [1]. Render an account, answer in judgment.[2]. Explain, give a reason, show the reason, render a reason, assign the cause, make explanation.



SYN:Deem, esteem, consider, regard, hold, judge, rate, estimate, value, reckon,explain, solve

ANT:Disesteem, misestimate, mystify, understate, undervalue, perplex, darken

SYN:Narration, report, rehearsal, story, statement, narrative, recital, relation,description, motive, value, importance, advantage, ground, reason, profit

ANT:Silence, suppression, project, misannouncement, of_no_account, attempt,without_value, deed, project



v.t. to reckon: to judge value.—v.i. (with for) to give a reason: to give an account of money held in trust.—n. a counting: statement: value: sake: a reckoning as to money as in phrases like 'to render an account ' 'to settle an account ' 'to square accounts' with any one &c.—adj. Account′able liable to account responsible (for of the thing; to of the person).—ns. Account′ableness Accountabil′ity liability to give account responsibility to fulfil obligations.—adv. Account′ably.—ns. Account′ancy the office or work of an accountant; Account′ant one who keeps or is skilled in accounts; Account′antship the employment of an accountant; Account′-book a book in which accounts are kept.—Account current or open account a course of business dealings still going on between two persons or a person and a bank.—For account of on behalf of; For the account for settlement on the regular fortnightly or monthly settling-day instead of for cash (of sales on the Stock Exchange).—In account with in business relations requiring the keeping of an account with some one.—On or To account an instalment or interim payment.—To make account of to set value upon; To take into account to take into consideration; To take no account of to overlook.



To dream of having accounts presented to you for payment, you will be in a dangerous position. You may have recourse to law to disentangle yourself. If you pay the accounts, you will soon effect a compromise in some serious dispute. To hold accounts against others, foretells that disagreeable contingencies will arise in your business, marring the smoothness of its management. For a young woman book-keeper to dream of footing up accounts, denotes that she will have trouble in business, and in her love affairs; but some worthy person will persuade her to account for his happiness. She will be much respected by her present employers.





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