To Acco'unt. v.a. [See ACCOUNT.]
- To esteem, to think, to hold in opinion.
That also was accounted a land of giants. Deut.
- To reckon, to compute.
The calendar months are likewise arbitrarily and unequally settled by the same power; by which months we, to this day, account, and they measure, and make up, that which we call the Julian year. Holder on Time.
- To give an account, to assign the causes; in which sense it is followed by the particle for.
If any one should ask, why our general continued so easy to the last? I know no other way to account for it, but by that unmeasurable love of wealth, which his best friends allow to be his predominant passion. Swift.
- To make up the reckoning; to answer for practices.
Then thou shalt see him plung'd, when least he fears,
At once accounting for his deep arrears. Dryd. Juv. Sat. xiii.
They have no uneasy presages of a future reckoning, wherein the pleasures they now taste, must be accounted for; and may, perhaps, be outweighed by the pains, which shall then lay hold of them. Atterbury's Sermons.
- To appear as the medium by which any thing may be explained.
Such as have a faulty circulation through the lungs, ought to eat very little at a time; because the increase of the quantity of fresh chyle, must make that circulation still more uneasy; which, indeed, is the case of consumptive and some asthmatic persons, and accounts for the symptoms they are troubled with after eating. Arbuthnot on Aliments.
- To assign to, with the particle to.
For some years, really accrued the yearly sum of two hundred thousand pounds to the king's coffers: and it was, in truth, the only project that was accounted to his own service. Clarendon.
- To hold in esteem.
Silver was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon. Chron.