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English noun: accounting

1. accounting (communication) a convincing explanation that reveals basic causes

SamplesHe was unable to give a clear accounting for his actions.

Broader (hypernym)account, explanation

2. accounting (cognition) a system that provides quantitative information about finances

Broader (hypernym)system, system of rules

Narrower (hyponym)balance of international payments, balance of payments, current account

Domain category membersdebit, good will, goodwill, internal control, inventory, limited review, review, straight-line method, straight-line method of depreciation, unbalanced, unearned income, unearned revenue, write-down, write-off

3. accounting (act) the occupation of maintaining and auditing records and preparing financial reports for a business


Broader (hypernym)business, job, line, line of work, occupation

Narrower (hyponym)bookkeeping, clerking, cost accounting, inventory accounting

Domain category memberscarry forward, carry over

4. accounting (possession) a bookkeeper's chronological list of related debits and credits of a business; forms part of a ledger of accounts

Synonymsaccounting system, method of accounting

Broader (hypernym)register

Narrower (hyponym)accounting entry, accrual basis, audit, audited account, cash basis, control account, credit side, debit side, entry, ledger entry, limited review, pooling of interest, review

Member meronymaccount book, book, book of account, ledger, leger

5. accounting (possession) a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance

SamplesThey send me an accounting every month.

Synonymsaccount, account statement

Broader (hypernym)financial statement, statement

Narrower (hyponym)capital account, capital account, expense account, profit and loss, profit and loss account, suspense account, travel and entertainment account

Part holonymbalance

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