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account

noun uk   /əˈkaʊnt/ us  

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.

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.

account noun (REASON)

on account of sth formal 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   /əˈkaʊnt/ formal us  

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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