Definition of accounting


  • a convincing explanation that reveals basic causes; "he was unable to give a clear accounting for his actions".
  • a system that provides quantitative information about finances.
  • the occupation of maintaining and auditing records and preparing financial reports for a business. Synonyms: accountancy.
  • a bookkeeper's chronological list of related debits and credits of a business; forms part of a ledger of accounts. Synonyms: accounting system, method of accounting.
  • a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance; "they send me an accounting every month". Synonyms: account, account statement.


  • 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". Synonyms: account.
  • keep an account of. Synonyms: account, calculate.
  • to give an account or representation of in words; "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental". Synonyms: account, describe, report.
  • furnish a justifying analysis or explanation; "I can't account for the missing money". Synonyms: account, answer for.

Related words

audit, balance, bill, bookkeeping, charge, clerking, compound, credit, debit, entry, overbalance, review.

Rhymes with accounting

counting, mounting, recounting, recounting.

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  • accounting is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 15 points
  • accounting is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 15 points
  • accounting is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 21 points
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