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noun account pronunciation in American English /əˈkaʊnt/
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singularaccount
pluralaccounts
  1. 1
    [countable] an arrangement in which a bank takes care of your money. You can deposit (=put in) or withdraw (=take out) money when you need to
    There was only $50 in his bank account.
    open an account: How do I open an account (=start having an account) with your bank?
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  2. 2
    [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
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    1. a.
      a detailed description of how or why something happens
      The study aims to give an account of modern attitudes toward democracy.
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  3. 3
    [countable] an arrangement you have with a store or other business that allows you to pay for goods or services later
    I have an account with Macy’s.
    1. a.
      a record showing how much you owe a store 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. 6
    [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.

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