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re-count

[v. ree-kount; n. ree-kount, ree-kount] /v. riˈkaʊnt; n. ˈriˌkaʊnt, riˈkaʊnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to count again.
noun
2.
a second or additional count, as of votes in an election.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; re- + count1
Can be confused
re-count, recount.

recount

[ri-kount] /rɪˈkaʊnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to relate or narrate; tell in detail; give the facts or particulars of.
2.
to narrate in order.
3.
to tell one by one; enumerate.
Origin
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.
Synonyms
1. describe. See relate.
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  • They were proud of their struggles and recounted how transformative they had found the experience.
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  • They recounted lives cloistered and hopes curtailed through days that blurred to months, then years.
  • Even if an incident doesn't occur the video data must be recounted by the technicians manually back at the office.
  • Contest votes are recounted by a different tally board to verify number of votes.
  • Most participants recounted examples of crime incidents that they considered fairly routine in their daily lives.
British Dictionary definitions for recounted

recount

/rɪˈkaʊnt/
verb
1.
(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

re-count

verb (riːˈkaʊnt)
1.
to count (votes, etc) again
noun (ˈriːˌkaʊnt)
2.
a second or further count, esp of votes in a closely contested election
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Word Origin and History for recounted

recount

v.

"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.

n.

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

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