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accountant

[uh-koun-tnt] /əˈkaʊn tnt/
noun
1.
a person whose profession is inspecting and auditing personal or commercial accounts.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; account + -ant; replacing late Middle English accomptant < Middle French, Old French acuntant, present participle of acunter to account
Related forms
accountantship, noun
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  • The incentives change from year to year, so it is important to check with a tax accountant.
  • He's taking the approach of a revolutionary reformer, but with the arguments of a number-crunching accountant.
  • If blood grossed you out and your verbal skills needed work, become an accountant.
  • At the moment of his arrest he was working as an accountant at a sewing factory.
  • Turner's lawyer and accountant were firmly opposed to the idea.
  • When he was younger, he worked as an accountant on the side.
  • His accountant told him it's a lot more than the feds usually ask for in an audit.
  • His brother, an accountant, told him that was the thing to do.
British Dictionary definitions for accountant

accountant

/əˈkaʊntənt/
noun
1.
a person concerned with the maintenance and audit of business accounts and the preparation of consultant reports in tax and finance
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Word Origin and History for accountant
n.

mid-15c., "accounting officer, one who renders accounts," from Old French acuntant (Modern French accomptant), from present participle of accompter (see account). Sense of "professional maker of accounts" is recorded from 1530s. The word also was an adjective in Middle English, "accountable; liable to render accounts" (early 15c.).

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