account of

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account of

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To esteem; to prize; to value.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch, editor, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1921 edition, page 17:
      Valentine. I mean that her beauty is exquisite, but her favour infinite. / Speed. That's because the one is painted, and the other out of all count. / Valentine. How painted? and how out of count? / Speed. Marry, sir, so painted, to make her fair, that no man counts of her beauty. / Valentine. How esteem'st thou me? I account of her beauty. / Speed. You never saw her since she was deformed?
    • 1863‎, Rev. Canon Robinson, “Sermons and Preaching”, in Macmillan's Magazine, volume VII, page 410:
      Never was preaching more accounted of than in the sixteenth century.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Most recent uses have been in the passive.