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accountant

An accountant is a person whose job involves keeping financial records for a business. To be a great accountant, you've got to be good at math.

When a company hires an accountant, it turns over the management of its accounts to that person, who is responsible for keeping track of spending, income, and any other financial information. An accountant is also held accountable for the accuracy of a company's books, and usually has to be officially certified before working in the field. The word comes from account, by way of the Old French aconter, "to count."

Definitions of accountant
  1. noun
    someone who maintains and audits business accounts
    synonyms: comptroller, controller
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    auditor
    a qualified accountant who inspects the accounting records and practices of a business or other organization
    bean counter
    an accountant or bureaucrat who is believed to place undue emphasis on the control of expenditures
    bookkeeper
    someone who records the transactions of a business
    CPA, certified public accountant
    an accountant who has passed certain examinations and met all other statutory and licensing requirements of a United States state to be certified by that state
    chartered accountant
    a British or Canadian accountant who is a member of a professional body that has a royal charter
    cost accountant
    a specialist in the systematic recording and analysis of the costs incident to production
    internal auditor
    an auditor who is an employee of the company whose records are audited and who provides information to the management and board of directors
    type of:
    bourgeois, businessperson
    a capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise
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