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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ac·count n.
 1. A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning; as, the Julian account of time.
    A beggarly account of empty boxes.   --Shak.
 2. A registry of pecuniary transactions; a written or printed statement of business dealings or debts and credits, and also of other things subjected to a reckoning or review; as, to keep one's account at the bank.
 3. A statement in general of reasons, causes, grounds, etc., explanatory of some event; as, no satisfactory account has been given of these phenomena. Hence, the word is often used simply for reason, ground, consideration, motive, etc.; as, on no account, on every account, on all accounts.
 4. A statement of facts or occurrences; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description; as, an account of a battle. “A laudable account of the city of London.”
 5. A statement and explanation or vindication of one's conduct with reference to judgment thereon.
    Give an account of thy stewardship.   --Luke xvi. 2.
 6. An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgment. “To stand high in your account.”
 7. Importance; worth; value; advantage; profit.   “Men of account.” --Pope. “To turn to account.” --Shak.
 Account current, a running or continued account between two or more parties, or a statement of the particulars of such an account.
 In account with, in a relation requiring an account to be kept.
 On account of, for the sake of; by reason of; because of.
 On one's own account, for one's own interest or behalf.
 To make account, to have an opinion or expectation; to reckon. [Obs.]
    This other part . . . makes account to find no slender arguments for this assertion out of those very scriptures which are commonly urged against it.   --Milton.
 -- To make account of, to hold in estimation; to esteem; as, he makes small account of beauty.
 To take account of, or to take into account, to take into consideration; to notice. Of their doings, God takes no account.” --Milton.
 A writ of account Law, a writ which the plaintiff brings demanding that the defendant shall render his just account, or show good cause to the contrary; -- called also an action of account.  --Cowell.
 Syn: -- Narrative; narration; relation; recital; description; explanation; rehearsal.
 Usage: Account, Narrative, Narration, Recital. These words are applied to different modes of rehearsing a series of events. Account turns attention not so much to the speaker as to the fact related, and more properly applies to the report of some single event, or a group of incidents taken as whole; as, an account of a battle, of a shipwreck, etc. A narrative is a continuous story of connected incidents, such as one friend might tell to another; as, a narrative of the events of a siege, a narrative of one's life, etc. Narration is usually the same as narrative, but is sometimes used to describe the mode of relating events; as, his powers of narration are uncommonly great. Recital denotes a series of events drawn out into minute particulars, usually expressing something which peculiarly interests the feelings of the speaker; as, the recital of one's wrongs, disappointments, sufferings, etc.