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account

noun uk   us   /əˈkaʊnt/

account noun (BANK)

B1 [C] (also bank account) an arrangement with a bank to keep your money there and to allow you to take it out when you need to: I've opened an account with a building society. I paid the money into my account this morning.UK She paid the cheque into her account.US She deposited the check in her account. I need to draw some money out of my account.
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account noun (REPORT)

B2 [C] a written or spoken description of an event: She gave a thrilling account of her life in the jungle. He kept a detailed account of the suspect's movements. Several eyewitnesses' accounts differed considerably from the official version of events.by/from all accounts C1 as said by most people: By all accounts, San Francisco is a city that's easy to fall in love with.by your own account If something is true by your own account, what you say is true although you have not proved it: By his own account, he's quite wealthy.
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account noun (REASON)

on account of sth formal
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B2 because of something: He doesn't drink alcohol on account of his health.

account noun (BUSINESS)

[C] an agreement with a shop or business that allows you to buy things and pay for them later: Could you put it on/charge it to my account (= can I pay for it later), please? Do you have an account at this store/with us, madam? Could you please pay/settle your account in full (= give us all the money you owe us)? [C] a customer who does business with a company: If the advertising agency loses this account, it will make a big dent in their profits.

account noun (IMPORTANCE)

be of no/little account formal to not be important: It's of no account to me whether he comes or not. His opinion is of little account to me.

account

verb [T + obj + noun/adj ] uk   us   /əˈkaʊnt/ formal

account verb [T + obj + noun/adj ] (JUDGE)

to think of someone or something in the stated way: She was accounted a genius by all who knew her work.
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