|—vb (often foll by in) (often foll by for)|
|1.||to add up or check (each unit in a collection) in order to ascertain the sum; enumerate: count your change|
|2.||(tr) to recite numbers in ascending order up to and including|
|3.||to take into account or include: we must count him in|
|4.||not counting excluding|
|5.||(tr) to believe to be; consider; think; deem: count yourself lucky|
|6.||(intr) to recite or list numbers in ascending order either in units or groups: to count in tens|
|7.||(intr) to have value, importance, or influence: this picture counts as a rarity|
|8.||to have a certain specified value or importance: the job counts for a lot|
|9.||(intr) music to keep time by counting beats|
|10.||the act of counting or reckoning|
|11.||the number reached by counting; sum|
|12.||law a paragraph in an indictment containing a distinct and separate charge|
|13.||physics the total number of photons or ionized particles detected by a counter|
|14.||keep count to keep a record of items, events, etc|
|15.||lose count to fail to keep an accurate record of items, events, etc|
|16.||boxing, wrestling the act of telling off a number of seconds by the referee, as when a boxer has been knocked down or a wrestler pinned by his opponent|
|17.||boxing out for the count knocked out and unable to continue after a count of ten by the referee|
|18.||boxing take the count to be unable to continue after a count of ten|
|19.||archaic notice; regard; account|
|[C14: from Anglo-French counter, from Old French conter, from Latin computāre to calculate, |
|1.||a nobleman in any of various European countries having a rank corresponding to that of a British earl|
|2.||any of various officials in the late Roman Empire and under various Germanic kings in the early Middle Ages|
|3.||a man who has received an honour (papal knighthood) from the Pope in recognition of good deeds, achievements, etc|
|[C16: from Old French conte, from Late Latin comes occupant of a state office, from Latin: overseer, associate, literally: one who goes with, from |
|1.||informal to leave out; exclude: count me out!|
|2.||See count (of a boxing referee) to judge (a floored boxer) to have failed to recover within the specified time|
|3.||to count (something) aloud|
v. count·ed, count·ing, counts
To name or list the units of a group or collection one by one in order to determine a total. n.
The act of counting or calculating.
The totality of specific items in a particular sample.
Declare a boxer (or other contestant) to have lost, as in Paul was counted out in the first round. This term alludes to count in the sense of "ten seconds," the time allowed for a boxer to rise after being knocked down (if he does not rise in time, he is "out"). The earliest recorded use of the term was for a cockfight in 1808; its use for boxing came about a century later. Also see down for the count.
Exclude, leave out of consideration, as in As for skiing this winter, you'll have to count me out. [Colloquial; mid-1800s] Also see count in.
Apportion; also, recalculate. For example, They counted out four pieces of music for each band member, or When Peggy got her change she counted out all the pennies. [Mid-1800s]