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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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ACCOUNT', noun

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 etc., 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 16:2.

Without responsibility or obligation.

He giveth not account of his matters. Job 33:13.

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. Psalms 144:3.

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 Phile 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

ACCOUNT', verb transitive

1. To deem, judge, consider, think, or hold in opinion.

I and my son Solomon shall be accounted offenders. 1 Kings 1:21.

2. To account of, to hold in esteem; to value.

Let a man so account of us as of ministers of Christ. 1 Corinthians 4:1.

3. To reckon, or compute; as, the motion of the sun whereby years are accounted - also to assign as a debt; as, a project accounted to his service; but these uses are antiquated.

ACCOUNT', verb intransitive

1. To render an account or relation of particulars. An officer must account with or to the Treasurer for money received.

2. To give reasons; to assign the causes; to explain; with for; as, idleness accounts for poverty.

3. To render reasons; to answer for in a responsible character.

We must account for all the talents entrusted to us.