account - definition and synonyms


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  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. 2
    [countable] [usually plural] a detailed record that a business keeps of the money it receives and spends in a particular period of time

    The accounts showed a loss of £498 million.

    1. a.


      [uncountable] the part of an organization that keeps records of the money it receives and spends
  3. 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.

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

    We now have over 30 major accounts.

  5. 5
    [countable] an arrangement you have with a company or Internet provider to use a service they provide

    Do you have an email account?

  6. 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
    1. a.
      a detailed description of how or why something happens

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

  7.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to turn/put something to good account to use something to good advantage, to take advantage of something

    Both Sourav and Shreyansh are voracious readers and they can turn such reading skills to good account in their economic research.

    Submitted by Prakash Chandra Patel from India on 04/10/2016