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English noun: account

1. account (communication) a record or narrative description of past events

SamplesA history of France.
He gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president.
The story of exposure to lead.

Synonymschronicle, history, story

Broader (hypernym)record

Narrower (hyponym)ancient history, annals, biography, case history, chronological record, etymology, historical document, historical paper, historical record, life, life history, life story, recital

Domain categoryhistory

2. account (communication) a short account of the news

SamplesThe report of his speech.
The story was on the 11 o'clock news.
The account of his speech that was given on the evening news made the governor furious.

Synonymsnews report, report, story, write up

Broader (hypernym)news

Narrower (hyponym)bulletin, communique, despatch, dispatch, exclusive, newsletter, newssheet, scoop, urban legend

3. account (state) a formal contractual relationship established to provide for regular banking or brokerage or business services

SamplesHe asked to see the executive who handled his account.

Synonymsbusiness relationship

Broader (hypernym)relationship

Narrower (hyponym)bank account, brokerage account, short account

4. account (communication) a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.

SamplesThe explanation was very simple.
I expected a brief account.


Broader (hypernym)statement

Narrower (hyponym)accounting, definition, derivation, deriving, etymologizing, explication, exposition, gloss, interpretation, justification, reason, rubric, simplification, walk-through

Part holonymexplanandum, explanans, explicandum

5. account (motive) grounds

SamplesDon't do it on my account.
The paper was rejected on account of its length.
He tried to blame the victim but his success on that score was doubtful.


Broader (hypernym)ground, reason

6. account (attribute) importance or value

SamplesA person of considerable account.
He predicted that although it is of small account now it will rapidly increase in importance.

Broader (hypernym)importance

7. account (possession) a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance

SamplesThey send me an accounting every month.

Synonymsaccount statement, accounting

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

8. account (communication) the act of informing by verbal report

SamplesHe heard reports that they were causing trouble.
By all accounts they were a happy couple.


Broader (hypernym)informing, making known

Narrower (hyponym)anecdote, comment, debriefing, direct discourse, direct quotation, gossip, indirect discourse, megillah, narration, recital, scuttlebutt, summarisation, summarization, yarn

9. account (communication) an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered

SamplesHe paid his bill and left.
Send me an account of what I owe.

Synonymsbill, invoice

Broader (hypernym)financial statement, statement

Narrower (hyponym)check, chit, doctor's bill, electric bill, hotel bill, medical bill, phone bill, reckoning, tab, tally, tax bill, telephone bill

10. account (attribute) the quality of taking advantage

SamplesShe turned her writing skills to good account.

Broader (hypernym)gain, profit

English verb: account

1. account (stative) be the sole or primary factor in the existence, acquisition, supply, or disposal of something

SamplesPassing grades account for half of the grades given in this exam.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

2. account (possession) keep an account of


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Narrower (hyponym)balance, bill, charge, compound, credit, debit, overbalance

3. account (communication) to give an account or representation of in words

SamplesDiscreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental.

Synonymsdescribe, report

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)inform

4. account (communication) furnish a justifying analysis or explanation

SamplesI can't account for the missing money.

Synonymsanswer for

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)declare

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