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     n 1: a formal contractual relationship established to provide for
          regular banking or brokerage or business services; "he
          asked to see the executive who handled his account"
          [syn: business relationship]
     2: the act of informing by verbal report; "he heard reports
        that they were causing trouble"; "by all accounts they
        were a happy couple" [syn: report]
     3: a record or narrative description of past events: "a history
        of France"; "he gave an inaccurate account of the plot to
        kill the president"; "the story of exposure to lead" [syn:
         history, chronicle, story]
     4: a short account of the news; "the 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" [syn: report, news report, story,
        write up]
     5: a statement of recent transactions and the resulting
        balance; "they send me an accounting every month" [syn: accounting,
         account statement]
     6: a statement that explains; "he launched into a detailed
        explanation"; "he demanded that I give an account for my
        failure" [syn: explanation]
     7: a statement of money owed for goods or services; "he paid
        his bill and left"; "send me an account of what I owe"
        [syn: bill, invoice]
     8: grounds; "don'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" [syn: score]
     9: importance or value; "a person of considerable account"; "he
        predicted that although it is of small account now it will
        rapidly increase in importance"
     10: the quality of taking advantage; "she turned her writing
         skills to good account"
     v 1: be the sole or primary factor in the existence, acquisition,
          supply, or disposal of something; "Passing grades
          account for half of the grades given in this exam"
     2: keep an account of [syn: calculate]
     3: to give an account or representation of in words: "Discreet
        Italian police described it in a manner typically
        continental." [syn: report, describe]
     4: furnish a justifying analysis or explanation; "I can't
        account for the missing money" [syn: answer for]