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Noun accounting has 5 senses
  1. accounting - a convincing explanation that reveals basic causes; "he was unable to give a clear accounting for his actions"
    --1 is a kind of
    explanation, account
  2. accounting - a system that provides quantitative information about finances
    --2 is a kind of
    system, system of rules
    --2 has particulars: balance of payments, balance of international payments; current account
    Derived form: verb account2
  3. accountancy, accounting - the occupation of maintaining and auditing records and preparing financial reports for a business
    --3 is a kind of occupation, business, job, line of work, line
    --3 has particulars: cost accounting; bookkeeping, clerking; inventory accounting
    Derived form: verb account2
  4. accounting, accounting system, method of accounting - a bookkeeper's chronological list of related debits and credits of a business; forms part of a ledger of accounts
    --4 is a kind of register
    --4 is a member of ledger, leger, account book, book of account, book
    --4 has particulars:
     control account; entry, accounting entry, ledger entry; credit side; debit side; accrual basis; cash basis; pooling of interest; audited account, audit; review, limited review
    Derived form: verb account2
  5. account, accounting, account statement - a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance; "they send me an accounting every month"
    --5 is a kind of statement, financial statement
    --5 has parts: balance
    --5 has particulars:
     capital account; capital account; profit and loss, profit and loss account; suspense account; expense account, travel and entertainment account
    Derived form: verb account2
Verb account has 4 senses
  1. account - 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"
    --1 is one way to
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s something
  2. account, calculate - keep an account of
    Derived forms: noun account7, noun accountant1, noun accounting4, noun accounting5, noun accounting2, noun accounting3
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s PP
  3. report, describe, account - to give an account or representation of in words; "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental"
    --3 is one way to inform
    Derived form: noun account6
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
    Somebody ----s something to somebody
    Somebody ----s PP
    Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
  4. account, answer for - furnish a justifying analysis or explanation; "I can't account for the missing money"
    --4 is one way to declare
    Derived form: noun account6
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
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