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account is on the Basic English 850 List.
about - account - acid
account is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
accept - account - achieve
Account is on the Academic Vocabulary List.


  1. (countable) An account is an arrangement with a bank or other company to do business.
    I opened a bank account when I moved into town.
    The internet company cancelled my e-mail account.
  2. (countable) The records of the money that is paid or received. (often plural)
    The accounts show that your bill has already been paid.
  3. (countable) A description of events
    The account that he gave didn't match the story that was in the newspaper.
  4. (uncountable) If you take something into account, you think about it when you decide something.
    Effective leaders have to take account of everyone's feelings.


  1. (intransitive) If   accounts for some part of  ,   makes up that part of  .
    Payments to employees account for 73% of our budget.
  2. (intransitive) If   accounts for  , it explains why   happens or exists.
    Oh, she was sick. Well, that accounts for her poor test score.