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[v. ree-kount; n. ree-kount, ree-kount] /v. riˈkaʊnt; n. ˈriˌkaʊnt, riˈkaʊnt/
verb (used with object)
to count again.
a second or additional count, as of votes in an election.
Origin of re-count
1755-65; re- + count1
Can be confused
re-count, recount.


[ri-kount] /rɪˈkaʊnt/
verb (used with object)
to relate or narrate; tell in detail; give the facts or particulars of.
to narrate in order.
to tell one by one; enumerate.
1425-75; late Middle English recounten < Middle French reconter, equivalent to re- re- + conter to tell, count1
Can be confused
recant, recount.
re-count, recount.
1. describe. See relate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for recount
  • Each single-author book is immensely particular, a story told as only one storyteller could recount it.
  • There are few chapters of human history which recount a grander story of human achievement.
  • Many high school counselors can recount some variant on the following story.
  • Through the years he would recount that story hundreds of times.
  • Now a contributor who had already reached the donation limit with a candidate could contribute also to the recount account.
  • All that stands in his path is a recount demanded by a candidate he beat by two votes.
  • Bush went to court and the court agreed that selective recount is not right.
  • Six college students recount their first time and how it ultimately shapes their future.
  • Most laws leave the determination of the recount threshold to the discretion of registrars.
  • As the protests continued, the ruling clergy said there would be a partial recount.
British Dictionary definitions for recount


(transitive) to tell the story or details of; narrate
Derived Forms
recountal, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French reconter, from re- + conter to tell, relate; see count1


verb (riːˈkaʊnt)
to count (votes, etc) again
noun (ˈriːˌkaʊnt)
a second or further count, esp of votes in a closely contested election
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Word Origin and History for recount

"to tell," mid-15c., also recompt, from Old North French and Anglo-French reconter (12c., Modern French raconter), from Old French re- (see re-) + conter "to relate, reckon" (see count (v)). Related: Recounted; recounting.

also re-count, "to enumerate again," 1764, from re- + count (v). Related: Recounted; recounting.


also re-count, "a new count" (especially in an election), 1855, American English, from re- + count (n).

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