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count

1 [kount]
verb (used with object)
1.
to check over (the separate units or groups of a collection) one by one to determine the total number; add up; enumerate: He counted his tickets and found he had ten.
2.
to reckon up; calculate; compute.
3.
to list or name the numerals up to: Close your eyes and count ten.
4.
to include in a reckoning; take into account: There are five of us here, counting me.
5.
to reckon to the credit of another; ascribe; impute.
6.
to consider or regard: He counted himself lucky to have survived the crash.
verb (used without object)
7.
to count the items of a collection one by one in order to determine the total: She counted three times before she was satisfied that none was missing.
8.
to list or name numerals in order: to count to 100 by fives.
9.
to reckon numerically.
10.
to have a specified numerical value.
11.
to be accounted or worth something: That first try didn't count—I was just practicing.
12.
to have merit, importance, value, etc.; deserve consideration: Every bit of help counts.
13.
to have worth; amount (usually followed by for ): Intelligence counts for something.
noun
14.
the act of counting; enumeration; reckoning; calculation: A count of hands showed 23 in favor and 16 opposed.
15.
the number representing the result of a process of counting; the total number.
16.
an accounting.
17.
Baseball. the number of balls and strikes, usually designated in that order, that have been called on a batter during a turn at bat: a count of two balls and one strike.
18.
Law. a distinct charge or theory of action in a declaration or indictment: He was found guilty on two counts of theft.
19.
Textiles.
a.
a number representing the size or quality of yarn, especially the number based on the relation of weight to length of the yarn and indicating its degree of coarseness.
b.
the number of warp and filling threads per square inch in woven material, representing the texture of the fabric.
20.
Bowling. the number of pins struck down by the first ball rolled by a bowler in the frame following a spare and included in the score for the frame in which the spare was made.
21.
Physics.
a.
a single ionizing reaction registered by an ionization chamber, as in a Geiger counter.
b.
the indication of the total number of ionizing reactions registered by an ionization chamber in a given period of time.
22.
Archaic. regard; notice.
23.
the count, Boxing. the calling aloud by the referee of the seconds from 1 to 10 while a downed boxer remains off his feet. Completion of the count signifies a knockout, which the referee then declares: A hard right sent the challenger down for the count. Also called the full count.
adjective
24.
noting a number of items determined by an actual count: The box is labeled 50 count.
Verb phrases
25.
count down, to count backward, usually by ones, from a given integer to zero.
26.
count in, to include: If you're going to the beach, count me in.
27.
count off, (often used imperatively, as in the army) to count aloud by turns, as to arrange positions within a group of persons; divide or become divided into groups: Close up ranks and count off from the left by threes.
28.
count on/upon, to depend or rely on: You can always count on him to lend you money.
29.
count out,
a.
Boxing. to declare (a boxer) a loser because of inability to stand up before the referee has counted 10 seconds.
b.
to exclude: When it comes to mountain climbing, count me out.
c.
to count and apportion or give out: She counted out four cookies to each child.
d.
to disqualify (ballots) illegally in counting, in order to control the election.
Idioms
30.
count coup. coup1 ( def 4 ).

Origin:
1275–1325; (v.) Middle English counten < Anglo-French c(o)unter, Old French conter < Latin computāre to compute; (noun) Middle English counte < Anglo-French c(o)unte, Old French conte < Late Latin computus calculation, reckoning, noun derivative of computāre

half-counted, adjective
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count1 (kaʊnt)
 
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
 
n
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, compute]

count2 (kaʊnt)
 
n
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 com- with + īre to go]
 
'countship2
 
n

count on
 
vb
(intr, preposition) to rely or depend on

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Word Origin & History

count
mid-14c., from O.Fr. conter "add up," but also "tell a story," from L. computare (see compute).

count
"title of nobility," mid-13c., from O.Fr. conte, from L. comitem (nom. comes) "companion, attendant," the Roman term for a provincial governor, from com- "with" + ire "go." The Anglo-Norm. term was used to render O.E. eorl, but the word was never truly naturalized and was mainly used with reference to
foreign titles.
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count (kount)
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.

  1. The act of counting or calculating.

  2. The totality of specific items in a particular sample.

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Idioms & Phrases

count on

Also, count upon. Rely on, depend on, as in You can always count on Kent to be punctual, or Carol was counting upon getting a raise in spring. [First half of 1600s]

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