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.