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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-koun-ting]
    • /əˈkaʊn tɪŋ/
    • /əˈkaʊn.tɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-koun-ting]
    • /əˈkaʊn tɪŋ/

Definitions of accounting word

  • uncountable noun accounting Accounting is the activity of keeping detailed records of the amounts of money a business or person receives and spends. 3
  • noun accounting the skill or practice of maintaining and auditing accounts and preparing reports on the assets, liabilities, etc, of a business 3
  • noun accounting (as modifier) 3
  • noun accounting the principles or practice of systematically recording, presenting, and interpreting financial accounts 3
  • noun accounting a statement of debits and credits 3
  • noun accounting a settling or balancing of accounts 3

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Origin of accounting

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at account, -ing1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Accounting


accounting popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

accounting usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for accounting

noun accounting

  • bookkeeping — Bookkeeping is the job or activity of keeping an accurate record of the money that is spent and received by a business or other organization.
  • reckoning — count; computation; calculation.
  • calculating — If you describe someone as calculating, you disapprove of the fact that they deliberately plan to get what they want, often by hurting or harming other people.
  • computing — Computing is the activity of using a computer and writing programs for it.
  • auditing — the act of inspecting, correcting, and certifying (accounts, etc)

adjective accounting

  • clerkly — of or like a clerk
  • clerical — Clerical jobs, skills, and workers are concerned with work that is done in an office.
  • scribal — a person who serves as a professional copyist, especially one who made copies of manuscripts before the invention of printing.
  • secretarial — noting, of, or pertaining to a secretary or a secretary's skills and work: a secretarial school.
  • pink collar — of or relating to a type of employment traditionally held by women, especially relatively low-paying work: secretaries, phone operators, and other pink-collar workers.

Top questions with accounting

  • what is accounting?
  • what is accounting receivable?

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