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noun account pronunciation in British English /əˈkaʊnt/ 
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singularaccount
pluralaccounts
  1. 1
    [countable] an arrangement in which a bank looks after your money. You can deposit (=put in) or withdraw (=take out) money when you need to

    There was only £50 in his bank account.

    an overdrawn account (=one from which you have taken more money than you have put in)

    open an account:

    How do I open an account (=start having an account) with your bank?

  2. 3
    [countable] an arrangement you have with a shop or other business that allows you to pay for goods or services later

    I have an account with Marks and Spencer.

    1. a.
      a record showing how much you owe a shop or other business for goods or services that you have received
      settle an account (=pay the money that you owe):

      I'll settle my account in the morning.

  3. 4
    [countable] business a company that regularly buys goods or services from another company

    We now have over 30 major accounts.

  4. 6
    [countable] a written or spoken report about something that has happened
    account of:

    a brief account of the meeting

    give an account of something:

    He was too shocked to give a clear account of events.

    eyewitness account (=a description of the details of an event given by someone who saw them):

    an eyewitness account of a brutal beating

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of account
    1. a.
      a detailed description of how or why something happens

      The study aims to give an account of modern attitudes towards democracy.

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