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Narrower (hyponym)ancient history, annals, biography, case history, chronological record, etymology, historical document, historical paper, historical record, life, life history, life story, recital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


Synonymsexplanation


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.


Synonymsscore


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.


Synonymsreport


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


Synonymscalculate


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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