Webster 1913 Edition
A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning;
as, the Julian.
accountof empty boxes.
A registry of pecuniary transactions; a written or printed statement of business dealings or debts and credits, and also of other things subjected to a reckoning or review;
as, to keep one’s.
accountat the bank
A statement in general of reasons, causes, grounds, etc., explanatory of some event;
as, no satisfactory. Hence, the word is often used simply for reason, ground, consideration, motive, etc.;
accounthas been given of these phenomena
as, on no.
account, on every
account, on all
A statement of facts or occurrences; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description;“A laudable account of the city of London.”
accountof a battle
A statement and explanation or vindication of one's conduct with reference to judgment thereon.
accountof thy stewardship.
Luke xvi. 2.
An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment.“To stand high in your account.”
Importance; worth; value; advantage; profit.“Men of account.”
Pope.“To turn to account.”
a running or continued account between two or more parties, or a statement of the particulars of such an account.–
In account with,
in a relation requiring an account to be kept.–
On account of,
for the sake of; by reason of; because of.–
On one's own account,
for one's own interest or behalf.–
To make account,
to have an opinion or expectation; to reckon.
This other part . . .–
makes accountto find no slender arguments for this assertion out of those very scriptures which are commonly urged against it.
To make account of,
to hold in estimation; to esteem;–
To take account of, or
to take into account
to take into consideration; to notice.“Of their doings, God takes no account.”
A writ of account
a writ which the plaintiff brings demanding that the defendant shall render his just account, or show good cause to the contrary; – called also an
action of account.
Syn. – Narrative; narration; relation; recital; description; explanation; rehearsal.–
Recital. These words are applied to different modes of rehearsing a series of events.
Accountturns attention not so much to the speaker as to the fact related, and more properly applies to the report of some single event, or a group of incidents taken as whole; as, an
accountof a battle, of a shipwreck, etc. A
narrativeis a continuous story of connected incidents, such as one friend might tell to another; as, a
narrativeof the events of a siege, a
narrativeof one's life, etc.
Narrationis usually the same as
narrative, but is sometimes used to describe the
modeof relating events; as, his powers of
narrationare uncommonly great.
Recitaldenotes a series of events drawn out into minute particulars, usually expressing something which peculiarly interests the feelings of the speaker; as, the
recitalof one's wrongs, disappointments, sufferings, etc.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
conterto count. F.
compterto count, L.
To reckon; to compute; to count.
The motion of . . . the sun whereby years are
Sir T. Browne.
To place to one's account; to put to the credit of; to assign; – with to.
To value, estimate, or hold in opinion; to judge or consider; to deem.
Accountingthat God was able to raise him up.
Heb. xi. 19.
To recount; to relate.
To render or receive an account or relation of particulars;
as, an officer must.
accountwith or to the treasurer for money received
To render an account; to answer in judgment; – with for;
as, we must.
accountfor the use of our opportunities
To give a satisfactory reason; to tell the cause of; to explain; – with for;
To account of,
to esteem; to prize; to value. Now used only in the passive.“I account of her beauty.”
Newer was preaching more
accounted ofthan in the sixteenth century.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A sum stated on paper; a registry of a debt or credit; of debts and credits, or charges; an entry in a book or on paper of things bought or sold, of payments, services &c., including the names of the parties to the transaction, date, and price or value of the thing.
Account signifies a single entry or charge, or a statement of a number of particular debts and credits, in a book or on a separate paper; and in the plural, is used for the books containing such entries.
2.A computation of debts and credits, or a general statement of particular sums; as, the account stands thus; let him exhibit his account.
3.A computation or mode of reckoning; applied to other things, than money or trade; as the Julian account of time.
4.Narrative; relation; statement of facts; recital of particular transactions and events, verbal or written; as an account of the revolution in France. Hence,
5.An assignment of reasons; explanation by a recital of particular transactions, given by a person in an employment, or to a superior, often implying responsibility.
Give an account of thy stewardship. Luke, 16.
Without responsibility or obligation.
He giveth not account of his matters. Job, 33.
6.Reason or consideration, as a motive; as on all accounts, on every account.
7.Value; importance; estimation; that is, such a state of persons or things, as renders them worthy of more or less estimation; as men of account of him. Ps. 144.
8.Profit; advantage; that is, a result or production worthy of estimation. To find our account in a pursuit; to turn to account.
9.Regard; behalf; sake; a sense deduced from charges on book; as on account of public affairs.
Put that to mine account. Philem. 18.
To make account, that is, to have a pervious opinion or expectation, is a sense now obsolete.
A writ of account, in law, is a writ which the plaintiff brings demanding that the defendant should render his just account, or show good cause to the contrary; call also an action of account.