A narrative or record of events. A reason given for a particular action or event: What is the account for this loss? A report relating to one's conduct: gave a satisfactory account of herself. A basis or ground: no reason to worry on that account. A formal banking, brokerage, or business relationship established to provide for regular services, dealings, and other financial transactions. A precise list or enumeration of financial transactions. Money deposited for checking, savings, or brokerage use. A customer having a business or credit relationship with a firm: salespeople visiting their accounts. Worth, standing, or importance: a landowner of some account. Profit or advantage: turned her writing skills to good account. To consider as being; deem. See Synonyms at consider. See Usage Note at as1. account for To constitute the governing or primary factor in: Bad weather accounted for the long delay. account for To provide an explanation or justification for: The suspect couldn't account for his time that night. call to account To challenge or contest. call to account To hold answerable for. on account On credit. on account of Because of; for the sake of: "We got married on account of the baby\u201d ( Anne Tyler). on no account Under no circumstances. on (one's) own account For oneself. on (one's) own account On one's own; by oneself: He wants to work on his own account. take into account To take into consideration; allow for.