accountant

[uh-koun-tnt]
noun
a person whose profession is inspecting and auditing personal or commercial accounts.

Origin:
1425–75; account + -ant; replacing late Middle English accomptant < Middle French, Old French acuntant, present participle of acunter to account

accountantship, noun
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accountant (əˈkaʊntənt)
 
n
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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accountant
mid-15c., "one who renders accounts," from O.Fr. acuntant (Mod.Fr. accomptant), from prp. of accompter (see account). Sense of "professional maker of accounts" is recorded from 1530s.
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Example sentences
The traditional way to snare them is to hire an accountant to scrutinise
  accounts for anomalies.
She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in
  various locations.
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.
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