Main definitions of count in English

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  • 1[with object] Determine the total number of (a collection of items)

    ‘I started to count the stars I could see’
    ‘they counted up their change’
    • ‘The membership total is tallied by counting the number of people who have paid dues in the last 18 months.’
    • ‘The remaining stones were counted to determine the number of dead, then placed in a great heap in remembrance of those who died in battle.’
    • ‘The votes were counted up fairly quickly, and by a slim majority one of the three choices had been passed.’
    • ‘We collected fruits and counted the total number of flowers, fruits, and fully developed undamaged seeds from each plant.’
    • ‘Meanwhile local governments began to count the total losses resulting from the flash flood.’
    • ‘Each player then counts the total number of cards they have collected in their pile.’
    • ‘The total raw score was then determined by counting the number of different feasible uses generated for all three objects.’
    • ‘Votes are counted locally but the totals are calculated nationally, and seats in parliament are awarded in proportion to votes.’
    • ‘So, in February, I've decided to count the total number of search engine referrals to this webpage.’
    • ‘And the funds raised by the swimming marathon have just been counted up.’
    • ‘The votes will be counted up to Monday, July 28 and the election is being overseen by the Electoral Reform Society.’
    • ‘The first census in 1769 counted a total of 797,584 people; by 1998, the total population was 5,294,860.’
    • ‘The loose change was counted up yesterday at the Sainsbury's store in Vauxhall, south London, using a machine which counts up to 600 coins a minute.’
    • ‘When Krohn raised concerns over this lack of accountability, he was told that it would take too long to count the collection and distribution of all the money.’
    • ‘Total words for a specific item were determined by counting each word in the problem statement and all answer choices.’
    • ‘The final mark includes both the test results, as well as assessment task results, which are counted up over the year.’
    • ‘If you get less than 35, you left some combinations out, or if you get more than 35, you counted some combinations more than once.’
    • ‘Across the country thousands upon thousands of polling stations are closing and votes are beginning to be counted to determine the new rulers of the country.’
    • ‘The vote was anonymous and we all watched as it was counted up.’
    • ‘The percentage of infected cells was determined by counting the total number infected and uninfected cells from 10 randomly selected microscopic fields.’
    keep a tally of, keep a count of, keep a record of
    add up, add together, find the sum of, sum up, reckon up, figure up, calculate, compute, enumerate, total, tally, add
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    1. 1.1[no object]Recite numbers in ascending order.
      ‘hold the position as you count to five’
      • ‘At one point I could calculate the calorie, fat and carbohydrate content of a fully laden buffet table in my head, even though I normally can't count to 20 without taking off my shoes.’
      • ‘He claimed to be able to count to 100 now, although I didn't put it to the test…’
      • ‘Her eyes were squeezed shut, gritting her teeth so hard her jaw ached, attempting to count to ten in order to help calm herself down.’
      • ‘When asked to count backward from 67 to 54, he counted from 62 to 52.’
      • ‘He could already count to fifty, and he had taught himself!’
      • ‘It took him almost an hour to count to twenty-two.’
      • ‘They couldn't speak any English, and Matt knew only how to count to ten in Arabic.’
      • ‘Numbers were practically meaningless to her, as she only barely could count to 100, something Laurel constantly nagged her about.’
      • ‘You might need to learn how to count to 10 before you speak - or maybe even 11 or 12!’
      • ‘Let me count to ten, upload, and go watch a stupid movie.’
      • ‘She seemed to count to 10, her smile fixed, then said she'd have to ask.’
      • ‘Lin comprehended pairs, and could count to four, so eight was as high as his knowledge of cardinal numbering went.’
      • ‘Having made a century flawlessly, she asked me ‘Can you count to a hundred?’’
      • ‘My customary answer is to count to fifty and then, after confirming that nobody knows or cares that I'm still on the line, I hang up.’
      • ‘You made it this far without knowing how to count to nine?’
      • ‘They began to count to three, then sang a ‘lovely’ happy birthday.’
      • ‘He can count from 1 to 10, and recite the alphabet from A-Z.’
      • ‘He can actually count to ten, but gets rather carried away.’
      • ‘Bob still claims that Billy can't count and Billy says otherwise.’
      • ‘When he was finished, he told the boy to count to 10.’
    2. 1.2[no object]Recite or display numbers backwards to zero to indicate the time remaining before the launch of a rocket or the start of an operation.
      ‘the floor manager pointed at the camera and counted down’
      • ‘The Discovery space shuttle is counting down for blast-off, with NASA managers confident that last minute hitches would not delay today's launch.’
      • ‘Eliot and Snake end up thrown together by circumstances, struggling with each other on a hijacked plane while the red digital display on the bomb counts down to zero.’
      • ‘The LCD display showed fifteen minutes and it was counting down.’
      • ‘The clock counted down, and the Challenger lifted off.’
      • ‘There is an awfully large LED which displays the number 1: 03 and is steadily counting down.’
      • ‘Once you defeat the last enemy or finish off the required goal, of course, the situation becomes a lot easier but keep an eye on the timer because if it counts down to zero before the level is completed you must do it all over.’
      • ‘The screen in front of him read Continue with the number ten, counting down to zero.’
      • ‘He smiled like he knew how, and then Lee was behind the cameras, counting down.’
      • ‘In the first, subjects were told to watch a timer counting down to zero, at which point they felt a harmless but painful electric shock.’
      • ‘A digital clock hanging on a wall in the weight room counts down the time until Iowa's first spring practice: 22 days, 06 hours, 08 minutes.’
      • ‘The elongated stars drifted by as the ships chronometer counted down to zero.’
      • ‘The timer counted down to zero, and after few seconds, the words Transmission Successful appeared on the screen.’
      • ‘The player gave her a thumb's up sign, and Mint turned her head to the front as the announcer began to count down to zero again.’
      • ‘All kinds of companies have been putting out little millennial clocks which count down - or counted down - to the magic moment.’
      • ‘His eyes moved to a small digital read-out before him, counting down from five… to zero!’
      • ‘As he ran forward, he saw something on the wall up ahead, and as he came up on it, his eyes widened when he saw the counter counting down the seconds remaining.’
      • ‘There are no vehicles, but the numbers counting down on the traffic lights indicate that several seconds remain before he is allowed to cross.’
      • ‘The clock then counted down to zero and Notre Dame won their first game of the season.’
      • ‘But the indicator that appeared on the display before me was counting down the distance between us at an alarming rate.’
      • ‘As we counted down backwards in Chinese we then drew attention to ourselves by singing ‘Auld Aung Syne‘.’
    3. 1.3[no object]Prepare for a significant event in the short time remaining before it.
      ‘with more orders expected, the company is counting down to a bumper Christmas’
      • ‘I am counting down to the end of term. 1 week and 3 days (including today).’
      • ‘To count down to 2001, organizers for the event say the main theme of the evening will be surprise.’
      • ‘Students counted daily attendances and absences, team numbers, scores in games, chairs and tables, and counted down the days to important events in their lives.’
      • ‘As thousands of children across the borough count down the final days to Christmas, Santa will be preparing for his busiest day of the year.’
      • ‘After lunch, it was back to counting down to the plenary session of the Assembly scheduled for 2 p.m. but my colleagues suggested that things were not quite right and that the session would be delayed.’
      • ‘In the meantime, we're counting down to May 23, when the first of the sequels will finally be revealed.’
      • ‘As we count down to the biggest golf event ever to take place in this country, one of the big questions has just been answered.’
      • ‘A series of events are being staged in Beijing as the city counts down the days to July 13, when the International Olympic Committee will vote on who gets to host the 2008 Summer Games.’
      • ‘And throughout the Christmas holidays, hundreds of children have been counting down to Saturday, January 3-when they were promised the results would arrive through their doors.’
      • ‘It becomes so routine where I work though, that we're just gathering together, making some fresh coffee and counting down to the suggested time of our Armageddon.’
      • ‘I'm now counting down to my 38th birthday, and then the second anniversary of the inception of this web backwater.’
      • ‘Rose, who is now counting down to her 100th birthday, attributes her longevity to a life-long non-smoking status.’
      • ‘So it's back to work today and time to starting counting down to our next holiday in ten weeks time.’
      • ‘Start counting down to Halloween 2004, since this one just can't wait until Christmas.’
      • ‘Transition year students from Co. Carlow are counting down to the Christmas Fair to be held at the Arboretum Garden Centre on Sunday, November 23 at 1pm.’
      • ‘However, with Chelsea counting down to the retention of the championship and with Portsmouth struggling to escape relegation, we had a first half of virtual stalemate.’
      • ‘But even they can't resist counting down to the Opening Ceremony to be held on a particularly special Friday, August 13.’
      • ‘I'd like to reassure myself that I won't be stressed out as much, but I'm not overly optimistic about final results, so the back of my mind will always be worried and counting down to results day.’
      • ‘So we were now counting down to ‘B’ day now that ‘P’ day was out of the way.’
      • ‘Local historians are eagerly counting down to five days of celebrations being staged for probably Chorley's most famous son.’
  • 2[with object] Take into account; include.

    ‘the staff has shrunk to four, or five if you count the European director’
    • ‘The NT $25 billion budget would not be counted and included under the Public Debt Law, according to the draft proposal.’
    • ‘RIM, which counts the Yorkshire Post among its titles, already owns Insider's English sister publications North West Insider and Yorkshire Insider.’
    • ‘The journey north-east from Niamey to Agadez would take at least 12 hours of driving - without counting the stops.’
    • ‘Though she counts Chinese and Russian among the languages she speaks fluently, Fritzie has never played piano in either of those countries.’
    • ‘In these reports, only discharge events are counted and cannot account for individuals with repeat admissions.’
    • ‘Expect the form to be widely adopted, since its sponsors include the VHA Health Foundation, which counts major hospitals among its members.’
    • ‘The group, which counts actress Joanna Lumley among its fans, is currently based at Carlisle Business Centre, Manningham.’
    • ‘The government's communications unit has approved ads worth just under $1 billion since 1996, without counting individual departments' spending.’
    • ‘The university does not count a year that includes six months or more of medical or family leave as a year toward mandatory tenure review.’
    • ‘She even counts a former president among her followers.’
    • ‘For I counted him among the many friends I had gained during five years as a journalist in Jammu and Kashmir.’
    • ‘His total payout will top $20 million, not counting his pension!’
    • ‘Some of the tales told against him by fellow touring pros were spiteful, but without doubt he would be counted among the top five British sportsmen in any era.’
    • ‘His first novel has moved somewhere in the area of 20 million copies - and that's not counting the millions of black-market editions sold in copyright-flouting countries.’
    • ‘The statuesque actress, who counts Sylvester Stallone among her previous husbands, has made her vows with her Italian boyfriend.’
    • ‘I count Euripides among them, and would also include in this category Aristotle, Rousseau, Hume, and Adam Smith.’
    • ‘However, these figures count all officers, including desk officers who are not able to answer calls from the public.’
    • ‘Though she was agoraphobic, she had a broad scattering of acquaintances, including a loyal readership who counted her among their friends.’
    • ‘No extras are included, unless you count the advertisement for other Comedy Central shows.’
    • ‘Again, certain categories of fatalities are not counted, including deaths caused by industrial diseases.’
    include, take into account, take account of, take into consideration, allow for, incorporate
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    1. 2.1Regard or be regarded as possessing a specified quality or fulfilling a specified role.
      ‘she met some rebuffs from people she had counted as her friends’
      [with object and complement] ‘I count myself fortunate to have known him’
      [no object] ‘results which are consistent with all models cannot count as evidence for any of them’
      • ‘We also have to re-define work, so that the work of caring for children and doing human maintenance in the home is counted as productive work, has attributed value.’
      • ‘These families often face material hardships and financial pressures similar to those families who are officially counted as poor.’
      • ‘If you are a public servant and have one of what are widely agreed to be the best pensions in the country - count yourself lucky.’
      • ‘Why should money transfers like these be counted as aid?’
      • ‘To count the accumulation of ‘merely’ a dozen Olympic medals as a disappointment is silly.’
      • ‘Yes, both have their flaws, but as Pittsburgh's first experience of the Ring cycle, I think it has to be counted as a stunning success.’
      • ‘Buckley, a 24-year-old schoolteacher, has Irish ancestry so is not counted as an overseas player, meaning the club still have the quota option open to them.’
      • ‘And any other form of reading or writing - such as the letters to the fairies we have been writing - can be counted as homework instead.’
      • ‘Our football clubs and national teams win nothing internationally, and yet we say we want to be counted among the best.’
      • ‘Beer consumption has gone down by 20 per cent over 20 years, even if lager is counted as beer - which, officially, it is.’
      • ‘2004, therefore, has to be counted as a shocking disappointment.’
      • ‘He counts himself lucky that his parents, delighted he wanted to write, bought him a typewriter when he was 14.’
      • ‘The US - well, some of it - argued that the Backfire could be counted as an intercontinental-range aircraft and hence part of the strategic balance.’
      • ‘Four Summerhill students can count themselves among the brightest in the country after winning the All-Ireland Schools Table Quiz title.’
      • ‘I counted myself fortunate that the film only ran 84 minutes, since only about ten of them were interesting.’
      • ‘According to the man who has yet to record a meaningful victory - the Far East tour and the bounce match against Dundee United cannot be counted as meaningful - playtime is over.’
      • ‘I've no time for them at all and I am happy to stand and be counted as a Labour supporter.’
      • ‘At least in the insurance sector, destruction caused by riots is counted as an act of god.’
      • ‘Even though Scholes sometimes plays in a follow-up role to the attackers, he's still counted as a midfielder.’
      • ‘How ironic that while 20-year-olds are counted as kids when it comes to drinking, an increasing number of kids only just into their teens are being tried as adults in the justice system.’
      consider, think, feel, regard, look on as, view as, see as, hold to be, judge, adjudge, rate as, deem to be, account, esteem
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  • 3[no object] Be significant.

    ‘it did not matter what the audience thought—it was the critics that counted’
    • ‘She believed in him and she was not a frivolous person, so her opinion counted.’
    • ‘It's the thought that counts on Mother's Day, when a box of chocolates and a card means so much to most mums.’
    • ‘As an amateur in the field, but with a job to do, I do not think it is really the subject matter that counts.’
    • ‘It is not Jesus' Resurrection that counts but the way in which the disciples experienced the significance of Jesus' Resurrection.’
    • ‘They often question whether their opinions count or if the issue is of relevance to them.’
    • ‘Logically, in a ‘normal’ election, governance issues should count significantly.’
    • ‘Perhaps all columnists have to persuade themselves that they count, that they matter, that they are agents of history, whispering words of wisdom into the ear of the history makers.’
    • ‘It's not what or how you believe that counts; it only matters that you do believe.’
    • ‘His girlfriend liked the way he looked, and Mike felt that hers was the only opinion that counted.’
    • ‘You know you're going to lose ultimately, you know you're going to make decisions that you regret, but it's how you carry yourself throughout that counts.’
    • ‘When it mattered, when it counted, you were there, and that's what should count.’
    • ‘We thought, ‘What we need to do is turn the critics around, because the fans don't count.’’
    • ‘Critics' views count only when they echo the public's, she says.’
    • ‘Whose interpretations of the world will count at this critical moment?’
    • ‘No one significant so my opinion of him doesn't really count, now does it?’
    • ‘It is, after all, the subject matter that counts - this group of people in this place at this time.’
    • ‘On a team whose season was sabotaged by injuries, with nearly every regular out for significant time, that counts.’
    • ‘Finally, the man told the woman to express her opinion where it counts, at the ballot box.’
    • ‘But I understand that other people's opinions count just as much as mine.’
    • ‘Patil emphasised that as far as he was concerned, what counted was the consistency factor.’
    matter, enter into consideration, be of consequence, be of account, be significant, signify, mean anything, mean a lot, amount to anything, rate, be important, be influential, carry weight, weigh, make an impression
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    1. 3.1(of a factor) play a part in influencing opinion for or against someone or something.
      ‘he hopes his sporting attitude will count in his favour’
      • ‘The capacity to raise funds for developing the property will count in their favour.’
      • ‘Up until last week Lochcarron had scored more goals - a factor which will count if both teams end up on the same points.’
      • ‘Robson, whose friendship with Roy Keane could count in his favour, has been out of management since leaving Middlesbrough last year.’
      • ‘These and other factors not mentioned may count against him, rendering his financial support from Smith useless.’
      • ‘The lesson of these polls is not that the morality and leadership factors don't count as much as people say they do.’
      • ‘Two factors may count against him winning any more.’
      • ‘Various environmental factors count, and indeed the reasons why richer nations may have excessive asthma are far more than just exposure to germs in infancy.’
      • ‘In fact, their experience in New Zealand would count in their favour should they subsequently receive a job offer and apply for residency.’
      • ‘As he faces the long haul of an election year, one factor could still count against him in a big way - cash or, in his case, the lack of it.’
      • ‘You wonder if not being an international company will somehow count in our favour, or what.’
      • ‘His early retirement at the age of just 26 should also count in his favour - in a career that lasted just eight years, he racked up 39 titles.’
      • ‘I wondered if the fact that it was me that called them would count in my favour, they'd probably just assume it was a mistake on my part though.’
      • ‘Various factors counted against Halley when he was an applicant in 1691 for the Savilian astronomy professorship at Oxford University.’
      • ‘I think the decision making process could become very subjective and every little aspect could count…… can you therefore have a think about the following.’
      • ‘It was imposed in June last year for dangerous driving under the influence of drugs and could count against her in future sentencing.’
      • ‘The 57-year-old is a former C4 director of programmes and has also worked in the US, which would count in his favour.’
      • ‘Montgomery will have the support of two players who have played fullback before, and this could count in his favour.’
      • ‘Even if the product of your effort is of high quality, you still might not be deserving, since other factors could count against you.’
      • ‘That she is female and is a fluent Arabic speaker are likely to count in her favour, at least statistically.’
      • ‘We have a couple of games in hand and that could count in our favour, as we aren't that many points away from the play-offs.’
    2. 3.2Be worth (a specified amount)
      ‘he has no power base and his views count for little’
      • ‘Furthermore, he is a previous course-and distance winner, which counts for plenty on this tricky track.’
      • ‘His authority counts for everything, no matter what the jurisdiction.’
      • ‘At least 25 per cent of the gags were funny enough to get me to laugh out loud, which counts for something.’
      • ‘I've already said that I don't think my opinion counts for anything.’
      • ‘Epsom showed a great deal of heart considering their lowly league position but there are days when courage counts for naught and this was one of them.’
      • ‘A glass of fruit juice only counts for one portion, irrespective of the amount you drink.’
      • ‘Such attitude and character counts for much in Division Three and will be worth more than a few points this season.’
      • ‘And when did the views of the people count for much with a Guardian columnist anyway?’
      • ‘The rest would have been welcome and I was disappointed that our views counted for little.’
      • ‘I mean, clearly I'm no expert in evolutionary biology, so my opinion really counts for less than nothing.’
      • ‘Nothing can be done ‘in our name’, because our views and interests count for nothing.’
      • ‘Investment is one industry where grey hair actually counts for something.’
      • ‘In a war won at the push of a button, bravery counts for nothing.’
      • ‘The rural vote still counts for an awful lot more than other votes.’
      • ‘When you're an adult writing for adults, it seems your voice counts for more.’
      • ‘On the other hand, one might argue, context counts for something.’
      • ‘In the new era, willingness to act counts for more than any other factor in attaining global power.’
      • ‘So as a factor in any general or other elections, he counts for nothing.’
      • ‘I didn't write, though I did post to the blog, so I suppose that counts for something.’
      • ‘Not to be a conspiracy theorist, but how do I know my vote counts for anything?’
    3. 3.3Be included in an assessment of (a final result or amount)
      ‘reduced rate contributions do not count towards your pension’
      • ‘These essays then counted towards their final results.’
      • ‘The organisers of the 206 Super Cup have now reduced the number of results to count towards the final championship standings to just five, from the eight rallies that form the series.’
      • ‘Each of the pensions that have accrued during your life will count towards this overall limit, and every penny over this amount will be hit with a 55% tax.’
      • ‘This means that any rise in pay would not count towards the pension.’
      • ‘Only last Thursday the results of units counting towards final A-level results were released and Mr Glyn said Hannah had attained a range of As in those results.’
      • ‘This latest regatta was especially important, because from now on, points count towards the final showdown when a winner is chosen to challenge Alinghi for the Cup.’
      • ‘The event has the status of a Badge event, meaning that results from all age-groups, count towards a runner's national ranking.’
      • ‘They have already raised close to £300,000 to refurbish the school house as a village hall, and they believe that this would count towards their partnership contribution.’
      • ‘As these exams don't count towards my final degree and I need to have scarcely even browsed any Classical texts to pass them I feel an utter apathy and lack of motivation.’
      • ‘Reforming the voting system to make each vote count towards the final result would make every individual's opinion important.’
      • ‘Events counting towards this award include Union Championships, Inter Club and Union Team Matches.’
      • ‘While so many people have second-class votes that do not count towards any result, millions are deprived of the means to make their voice heard.’
      • ‘The reduced contributions paid by some married women do not count towards the basic pension.’
      • ‘The 2004 Ford RST Championship is also new this year and will consist of 6 rounds with 4 to count towards the final total.’
      • ‘We certainly never got any credit points for our subjects, nor did our results there count towards our final rankings at the Knights' Academy.’
      • ‘This is my final part submission case study, and believe it or not counts towards my final mark.’
      • ‘They're goal-based - everything counts towards an eventual prize; while I'm reward-based - everything is relative, and unpleasant tasks deserve compensation.’
      • ‘He will have an added pressure during the run of the show because his contribution will count towards the final grade of his qualification.’
      • ‘The results will count towards the county council's star rating for adult and community services.’
      • ‘The marks I entered in my check list counted towards their final result.’
  • 4[no object] Rely on.

    ‘whatever you're doing, you can count on me’
    • ‘Seniors today are really counting on Social Security to take care of them in the time they need it.’
    • ‘The family of five counts on Auntie Lau to help out.’
    • ‘Turkey counts on tourism, its second-largest source of foreign currency earnings, to add US $10 billion a year to its economy.’
    • ‘Like a four-year-old beating a big grown-up with his puny fists, they are actually counting on us not to retaliate.’
    • ‘I fear though that this isn't just a loss for the Post but also a loss for me and everyone else who counts on good political reporting.’
    • ‘The province of Toledo counts on a variety of options and different spots that tourists can explore and meet according to their preferences and wishes.’
    • ‘It's a technique that counts on journalistic laziness, Kaplan says.’
    • ‘So I'm only getting about a little over a month's worth of the back pay I was counting on.’
    • ‘The producer is probably counting on the presence of the number of top singers in the album to get it moving from the music shops.’
    • ‘Nathan still counts on his parent's involvement in his sport.’
    • ‘Every year, the National Guard counts on recruiting up to 10,000 soldiers after they leave the active duty force.’
    • ‘So, each competing band will be counting on the support of all their local fans in the Ambassador on final night!’
    • ‘The United States in particular counts on Nigeria as one of its main sources of the light, low-sulphur crude that is most suitable for refining into petrol.’
    • ‘Oak were counting upon the match going to the decider.’
    • ‘Everybody counts on the director to make sure the intention of the movie stays intact.’
    • ‘Firefighters there are counting on a break in the hot weather and a shift in the wind to give them an upper hand.’
    • ‘Logan admits he sometimes counts on me to entertain him when he fires up his computer at the office early in the morning.’
    • ‘No member of Congress counts on Social Security for his or her own retirement.’
    • ‘They basically laid out a strategy which counts on currency manipulation to accumulate lots of hard currency.’
    • ‘So anybody who thinks and counts on this recession ending any time soon, I think, is wrong.’
    rely on, depend on, place reliance on, lean on, bank on, trust, be sure of, trust in, place one's trust in, have confidence in, have every confidence in, believe in, put one's faith in, pin one's faith on, swear by, take for granted, take on trust, take as read
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  • 1An act of determining the total number of something.

    ‘at the last count, fifteen applications were still outstanding’
    ‘the party's only candidate was eliminated at the first count’
    • ‘I got everyone into two rows and did a count to make sure everyone was all right.’
    • ‘At the last count, around 60% of individual bankrupts were under 30.’
    • ‘The party faces further losses at the polls tomorrow when the counts begin for the local government elections, which were held on the same day as the general election.’
    • ‘She said in 1992 there were 336 acute care beds in the hospital and at the last count there were 187.’
    • ‘Despite losing the election, Sinn Fein's Colm Burns was in buoyant mood, pointing to the fact he topped the polls at the first count.’
    • ‘He was also pretty active in his family life, fathering sixteen children and, at the last count, he was a grandfather thirty-three times!’
    • ‘The non-party councillor got 1790 votes and was elected on the first count having exceeded the quota by 690 votes.’
    • ‘Last year the same amendment failed after a quorum count showed that the number of students had dropped from 550 to 430.’
    • ‘If it's not close, between the exit polls and the early counts, we could have an idea even as early as tonight or tomorrow morning.’
    • ‘It's easy to imagine him presiding over a high-powered business meetings - he owned 13 companies at the last count - in jeans and open-necked shirt.’
    • ‘The books sell in their millions - 42 million at the last count; in Britain he outsells Stephen King to be the country's number one horror writer.’
    • ‘At the last count, more than £920 had been banked and there was more than £100 in loose change waiting to be bagged up.’
    • ‘I've been trying to do a mental count and it seems like there are five pecan trees on the west side, three in the backyard, and two on the east.’
    • ‘I have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have written, at least 50 at the last count.’
    • ‘Also, at the last count, you guys donated a whopping $27,695.41 to the relief fund.’
    • ‘I opened up every document, did a word count, and added it all up.’
    • ‘To determine whether the child is receiving enough food, the doctor will do a calorie count after asking the parents what the child eats every day.’
    • ‘When they proceeded to the count, it turned out that there were 970 votes for Mr. Yushchenko and 383 votes for Yanukovych.’
    • ‘He won just over 2,000 votes but, with less than 4% of the total poll, was eliminated after the fourth count.’
    • ‘Mat did a quick count and decided there were somewhere between thirty and forty people in this room.’
    calculation, enumeration, computation, reckoning, counting, telling, tally, tallying, totting up
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    1. 1.1The total determined by counting.
      ‘there was a moderate increase in the white cell count in both patients’
      • ‘White cell counts among the patients who have died have been up to 10 times greater than is normally seen with serious infections.’
      • ‘Spencer, who scored two tries, topped the tackle count with a huge tally of 34.’
      • ‘All these factors can cause not only low counts, zero counts, and immotile sperms that lead to infertility, but also cancers in some cases.’
      • ‘Three patients had low platelet counts before discharge from the first hospitalization.’
      • ‘The official death count stands at just over 1,800.’
      • ‘The leader in the general classification is based on a running count of each rider's cumulative time over the race's 21 individual legs.’
      • ‘The film has a much higher body count than the first, but the deaths are a bit less chilling here.’
      • ‘The main goal of the meeting was to pass an amendment to lower the quorum count to 200.’
      • ‘The death count, the death toll officially won't be known for still more days and weeks to come, Lou.’
      • ‘Most patients had platelet counts of less than 20,000 per mm3.’
      • ‘With electronic voting, the computer will take less than 20 minutes to calculate the poll, total valid poll, quota, all the counts and the winners.’
      • ‘Gloucester, whose injury count has hit double figures, featured Forrester in the centres again and a patched-up back row.’
      • ‘No matter how many times we totted it up, the chromosome count never rose above 46 (with a bit missing if you were a man).’
      • ‘We also list published chromosome numbers (diploid counts only) for each group.’
      • ‘Most of the patients had a parasite count of more than 10 percent, which is critical.’
      • ‘It was only men with fertility problems who had lower counts and counts vary widely anyhow.’
      • ‘Twenty-four percent of patients had platelet counts above the upper range of normal.’
      • ‘Finally, the number of shoots and plantlets was counted again and summed with the first counts to give the total regeneration.’
      • ‘But even as he was speaking, the body count was rising.’
      • ‘Last November, the discrepancy between the presidential exit polls and the tallied count was far beyond the margin for error.’
      amount, number, tally, total, total number, sum total, grand total, full amount, aggregate, whole
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  • 2An act of reciting numbers in ascending order, up to the specified number.

    ‘hold the position for a count of seven’
    • ‘He said he had never known an audience of that size and age, to stop stamping after five counts in the Vivaldi ‘Winter’ movement.’
    • ‘I'm trying to get them to emote more, breaking the movements up into counts of four, seven or nine, depending on the music.’
    • ‘He opened them again just as his count reached twenty-seven and let himself out, letting himself fall on his face on the floor.’
    • ‘Inhale through your nose to a count of 10.’
    • ‘At the top of each move, pause and squeeze for a one-two count before lowering the weight.’
    • ‘You should take 3 full counts to lift the weight and 5 counts to lower it.’
    • ‘On the count of five, everyone was to run toward the tree.’
    • ‘Just modifying arms from a simple over-the-head reach for eight counts to a single, alternating arm jab and punch can change the entire look and feel of your routine.’
    • ‘As she reached the count of ten, Elliot followed Carl into his dreams.’
    • ‘Each portion of the move should take 2 counts, for a total of 8 counts per rep.’
    • ‘Inhale for four counts, exhale for four counts; then inhale for five counts, exhale for five counts, and so on.’
    • ‘Dip cookies in hot chocolate to a quick count of five and eat!’
    1. 2.1An act of reciting numbers up to ten by the referee when a boxer is knocked down, the boxer being considered knocked out if still down when ten is reached.
      ‘he dropped by the ropes to take a count of six on one knee’
      • ‘Without picking up the count, the referee ended the fight.’
      • ‘The count had only reached four before the referee decided he had seen enough and summoned immediate medical attention.’
      • ‘Harvey, who had won five of his seven previous fights, took an eight count, and having felt Symonds' power resorted to holding for survival and was warned by the referee.’
      • ‘How many fighters could have gotten to their feet before the count of ten after catching Joe Frazier's full swing left hook flush on the jaw?’
      • ‘Referee Tony Perez reached five in the count and the bell couldn't save Ellis.’
  • 3A point for discussion or consideration.

    ‘the programme remained vulnerable on a number of counts’
    • ‘There's going to be a little comeback this time, because enough of us feel that Senior Manager is bang out of order on several counts.’
    • ‘As it turned out, Stalin was mistaken on every count.’
    • ‘After all, their products are similar on a number of counts.’
    • ‘But they failed on a number of counts and, in so doing, handed the initiative to one of their main rivals.’
    • ‘The new Mori Art Center, to be built on top of a Tokyo skyscraper, is surprising on a number of counts.’
    • ‘This passage is confused on a number of different counts.’
    • ‘He was right on every count, but it didn't matter, because for purposes of selling books, all those countries are still part of the British Commonwealth.’
    • ‘This objection has considerable validity, on several counts.’
    • ‘This volume is to be commended on several different counts.’
    • ‘Duckenfield deserves praise on a number of counts.’
    • ‘If we set our sights low and continue to lose audience and profit, we lose on every count.’
    • ‘Their detective is an outsider on every count and the violence is meted out against a community which is marginalised and forgotten.’
    • ‘Give the man a cigar - he's correct on both counts!’
    • ‘And he's wrong on every count: German papers have German names.’
    • ‘I want to raise two questions, not to criticise a ruling you have made but to seek your further consideration on both counts.’
    • ‘One of my favourite films ever, it's just so GOOD on every count.’
    • ‘He is wrong on every count and his paper is among the worst examples of pseudo-science I have ever come across.’
    • ‘Her book is a landmark study on several counts.’
    • ‘Such images are of interest on a number of counts.’
    • ‘According to the family, that finding is wrong on every count.’
    1. 3.1Law A separate charge in an indictment.
      ‘he pleaded guilty to five counts of murder’
      • ‘The appellant was charged on an indictment containing 25 counts.’
      • ‘In all he pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and a count of sexual activity with a child.’
      • ‘She sentenced Reeves to a total of 100 hours community punishment order for both counts, and disqualified him from driving for 32 months.’
      • ‘He admitted two counts of theft, one of robbery and taking the car without consent.’
      • ‘On Tuesday the 27-year-old was given a six-month curfew order after admitting two counts of criminal damage at an earlier hearing.’
      • ‘At that time, he is expected to plead guilty to one felony count of conspiracy.’
      • ‘He faces a total of 66 counts on three indictments for genocide and war crimes in Bosnia, and crimes against humanity in Croatia and Kosovo.’
      • ‘Prosecutors formally indicted her on two counts of capital murder last week and her attorneys promptly gave notice they would enter an insanity defence.’
      • ‘Next is Wallace, who will face one count of assault and battery.’
      • ‘Mr Will Fennelly, counsel for the state, said the defendants had pleaded to six representative counts on the indictment.’
      • ‘There are six counts on the indictment and each count represents a separate allegation against this Defendant.’
      • ‘Morgan admitted four specimen counts of rape and two charges of assault causing actual bodily harm.’
      • ‘There were three counts in the indictment of which the appellant was convicted on two.’
      • ‘One student has filed charges against Houston, who faces one count of terrorizing and a count of battery.’
      • ‘Her arrest at a demonstration following the inauguration of President Bush brought to 20 the number of counts on which the court needs to arrange trials.’
      • ‘He has pled not guilty to each and every count in the indictment.’
      • ‘He was convicted of securities fraud, conspiracy and seven counts of filing false reports with regulators.’
      • ‘He was found guilty of nine counts of his indictment and sentenced to life imprisonment (his sentences, ranging from ten years to life run concurrently).’
      • ‘The tribunal entered pleas of innocent on all counts on his behalf when he refused to respond to the charges at his initial appearance on July 3.’
      • ‘He was indicted in February on nearly three dozen counts of fraud and other crimes.’
  • 4The measure of the fineness of a yarn expressed as the weight of a given length or the length of a given weight.

    • ‘There are finer counts of yarn, so garments are less inclined to pill.’
    1. 4.1A measure of the fineness of a woven fabric expressed as the number of warp or weft threads in a given length.
      • ‘This is not true, but in the case of cotton grown in Egypt, the higher thread count means the fabric will be incredibly strong and will last for years and years.’
      • ‘Apparently, the thread count of one's bed sheets is of great importance.’
      • ‘Decorative sheets vary not just in pattern and color but also in terms of fabrics, thread count, and finish.’
      • ‘Get the highest thread count percale that you can because that is smoother.’
      • ‘The weave or thread count of the towel has no significance in this case.’


  • —— and counting

    • Used to say that a figure is constantly increasing.

      ‘nearly seven years later (and counting), Hackett remains undefeated’
      • ‘From the peak, prices are now down 29 % (and down to a six-year low) and counting.’
      • ‘Today, they number over 10 million and counting.’
      • ‘We publish some 75 open access titles now, and counting.’
      • ‘Dr. Wilmshurst has spent about the same amount, and counting.’
      • ‘Much of the last sort of finance had murky origins in the $1.3 trillion (and counting) returns of international crime.’
      • ‘Gas prices back in January were $3.06 a gallon, now up to $3.77 and counting.’
      • ‘We went from 13,000 registered people yesterday to now we're at 20,000 and counting.’
      • ‘She's still applying for jobs - 50 and counting.’
      • ‘And then out west, pretty big weekend there too, 50 years and counting.’
      • ‘Over the last few weeks, the Bush administration has been busy filling seats left by eight (and counting) departing cabinet secretaries.’
  • beat the count

    • (of a boxer who has been knocked down) get up before the referee counts to ten.

      ‘although Hurst tried to beat the count, it was clear that he was unable to continue’
      • ‘Ellis showed tremendous heart once again he beat the count and stumbled to his corner.’
      • ‘He beat the count, but as Scott landed a big right it became painfully obvious that Sheika was no longer able to continue because he simply could not defend himself anymore.’
      • ‘Arthur looked as surprised as anyone when Kizza failed to beat the count of referee Howard Foster of Doncaster.’
      • ‘It was all he needed, as Frazier was not going to beat the count.’
      • ‘Mena beat the count but was definitely on shaky legs.’
  • count one's blessings

    • Be grateful for what one has.

      ‘when you find that many people are worse off than you are, you'll learn to count your blessings’
      • ‘Standing on the podium in ninth place, Gilmour counted her blessings that she could race in the 15 km Easter Weekend hill climb at all.’
      • ‘So he counts his blessings - the family is together, the kids are doing OK - and prays every day about what lies ahead.’
      • ‘A Hampshire couple were today counting their blessings and saluting firefighters for saving their 16th century cottage which they have spent months renovating.’
      • ‘You've just shuttled your kids to daycare, made a trip to the grocery store, and are counting your blessings for having found a seat on the bus for the ride back home.’
      • ‘If those people who live there didn't knock it so much and were just a little bit patriotic and counted their blessings, they just might find some peace of mind.’
      • ‘So, to everyone reading this, wherever you are, pause for a moment tomorrow, amidst the family fun and multiple helpings of food, and count your blessings.’
      • ‘Reflecting on their many years together, Barbara and Charles said: ‘We've had our problems, but we've always counted our blessings, and we're very thankful we have got each other.’’
      • ‘This has been a very difficult year for us, but we have learned to count our blessings.’
      • ‘Right now, though, they seem to be not get the worst of the storm and so they're counting their blessings, Kyra.’
      • ‘A Denholme man was also counting his blessings after missing the smash by less than a minute.’
  • count the cost

    • Experience the adverse consequences of something, typically a foolish action.

      • ‘A trust spokeswoman said: ‘Every year, the NHS counts the cost of unused wasted medicines.’’
      • ‘About 170,000 homes in Scotland are at risk of flooding, according to the Scottish Executive, and insurers are counting the cost of deteriorating weather patterns.’
      • ‘Wanderers were unbeaten in three Premiership matches during February, but were left counting the cost of a couple of late defensive lapses.’
      • ‘England and Wales are both counting the cost of injuries to key players ahead of the RBS Six Nations Championship.’
      • ‘And when counting the cost of our excesses, let us not forget the unfortunate Mediterranean authorities who have to pick up the pieces when holidaying Brits lose all control.’
      • ‘The party was counting the cost yesterday of several humiliating losses in West Yorkshire on what proved a difficult night at Thursday's council elections.’
      • ‘Businesses in Dublin were left counting the cost after truck drivers brought traffic to a standstill yesterday morning in protest over a crackdown on illegal dumping.’
      • ‘As the wind whipped up Edinburgh's Royal Mile, the French couple were counting the cost of their seven-day visit to Scotland.’
      • ‘A conscientious motorist is counting the cost of his actions after driving through a red traffic light to allow an emergency ambulance to pass.’
      • ‘The Canterbury Bulldogs club is today counting the cost of its decision to sack its football manager, Garry Hughes, last night.’
  • count the days (or hours)

    • Be impatient for time to pass.

      ‘they counted the days until they came home on leave’
      • ‘I am now counting the days until the DVD comes out!’
      • ‘The man who desperately needs to make a change in his life is now counting the days until he's finally free.’
      • ‘Ramon was counting the hours until his family would come to visit.’
      • ‘After learning the basics of our government, I counted the days until I turned 18 and could register to vote.’
      • ‘The time passes man - just keep busy, don't count the days.’
      • ‘Each time you leave after visiting me, I start counting the days until you will return.’
      • ‘And Harry Potter fans, are you counting the hours until the release of the long-awaited sixth book in the series?’
      • ‘Things are looking good, I'm excited, and I'm counting the hours until I get to break the seal on the CD.’
      • ‘We've passed another month counting the days, have lived our lives in resigned routine waiting only for the weekend when we could be together again.’
      • ‘And they say, ‘Mommy, we're counting the days until we come home.’’
  • count something on the fingers of one hand

    • Used to emphasize the small number of a particular thing.

      ‘you can count the exceptions on the fingers of one hand’
      • ‘The real favourites for the title can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and first on everyone's list, invariably, is Hewitt.’
      • ‘As for other female stars, you can count them on the fingers of one hand.’
      • ‘The number of classic albums made since the launch of CD as a format can be counted on the fingers of one hand.’
      • ‘The support they receive from the fans is incredible considering that the number of trophies they have won in the last fifty years can be counted on the fingers of one hand.’
      • ‘Yes, there are a few maestros who conjure up a faint aura of that golden age, but they can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and all of them are firmly committed to other posts.’
      • ‘You can count the pro-victim charities on the fingers of one hand.’
      • ‘He said he could count such days on the fingers of one hand.’
      • ‘They could literally count the fascist infiltrators on the fingers of one hand.’
      • ‘Throughout the eighteen years of Conservative government, the total number of Cabinet ministers with children in the state system could be counted on the fingers of one hand.’
      • ‘The number of mistakes he made in his career could be counted on the fingers of one hand.’
  • count the pennies

  • count sheep

    • Count imaginary sheep jumping over a fence one by one in an attempt to send oneself to sleep.

      • ‘Oh, poor you… try counting sheep jumping over gates or something, that usually works for you.’
      • ‘So, needing some beauty sleep, and thinking whilst counting sheep, I went to bed, and a magical mantra came to me in a dream (which is where my snazziest artsy notions usually pop up).’
      • ‘Sometimes when I went to bed I would mull over the day, and instead of counting sheep, I would count the drinks I'd had.’
      • ‘I started counting sheep, which didn't send me to sleep but reminded me of what I wanted to write to you about.’
      • ‘I've tried every single technique - counting sheep, reciting the periodic table, counting down from 100… none of it works.’
      • ‘She crawled into her bed, prepared to count sheep, but sleep claimed her the minute her head made contact with the pillow.’
      • ‘‘Normal people count sheep when they sleep and dream,’ Julia said.’
      • ‘And they forgot a few simple facts while counting sheep.’
      • ‘I had a hard time sleeping last night, and even had to resort to counting sheep.’
      • ‘When insomnia chases sleep away, counting sheep or tossing and turning all night seem to be the only alternatives.’
  • don't count your chickens before they're hatched

    • proverb Don't be too confident in anticipating success or good fortune before it is certain.

      ‘I wouldn't count your chickens—I've agreed to sign the contract but that's all I've agreed to’
      • ‘He was feeling better, but didn't want to count his chickens.’
      • ‘We are feeling positive but not counting any chickens.’
      • ‘I am reluctant to count any chickens before they're hatched, so I will make no predictions, but I will let you all know as soon as anything happens.’
      • ‘He is scheduled to be the next chairman of the council and, although he does not want to count his chickens before they are hatched, is rationalising his commitments.’
      • ‘I'm not sure we're ready to throw out names just yet, only because we don't want to count our chickens before they hatch.’
  • keep count (or a count)

    • Take note of the number or amount of something.

      ‘you can protect yourself by keeping a count of what you drink’
      • ‘I haven't kept count, but my impression is that Steyn's predictions have panned out pretty regularly.’
      • ‘It's number 2,281, just in case you're keeping count.’
      • ‘There are so many wins in this I can't keep count.’
      • ‘Don't know if anyone kept count but there must have been at least thirty people there, overcast weather notwithstanding.’
      • ‘And no one knows exactly how many hoops are broken because no one's keeping count.’
      • ‘For those keeping count, the Welshman has accumulated 23 major championship medals.’
      • ‘Up in the sun-dappled stands, they kept count of the goals and counted down the minutes until the official celebrations could begin.’
      • ‘The chip will keep count of how many drinks they've had and how much of a bill they need to settle with us.’
      • ‘It is host to so many different communities that it is not always easy to keep count of the number of languages spoken on its streets.’
      • ‘Among the things it keeps count of are mentions of Mrs Warwick.’
  • lose count

    • Forget how many of something there are, especially because the number is so high.

      ‘I've lost count of the hundreds of miles I've covered’
      • ‘Since then, he has made more than 30 new works, although he says he has lost count of exactly just how many he has created.’
      • ‘Today the artist has lost count of the number of exhibitions he has participated in since those difficult days.’
      • ‘We only took back roads and my brother lost count of the numerous golf courses that dotted the landscape.’
      • ‘I've lost count of the meetings I have chaired on this issue, and the number of people in the system I have met.’
      • ‘She has lost count of the complaints she has sent, but has never received anything but a standard reply, without even a signature at the end.’
      • ‘Since then, he has traveled to Cuba so many times he says he has lost count.’
      • ‘Over the years, I have lost count of the schemes put out by the council to control the traffic on the A3 Robin Hood roundabout.’
      • ‘I've lost count of the restaurants he's opened, and I must say, most of them do him credit.’
      • ‘I have made so many phone calls about this parcel I have lost count.’
      • ‘Teachers have almost lost count of how many times the school has been targeted but say the latest raid is at least the ninth in just 18 months.’
  • out (or north american also down) for the count

    • 1Defeated by being knocked to the ground and unable to rise within ten seconds.

      • ‘Mike Tyson was out for the count him in the fourth round at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.’
      • ‘Liston lies out for the count, while Ali stands taunting him.’
      • ‘This was the first time Harmon had been knocked down let alone down for the count.’
      • ‘Despite the seemingly ‘can't miss’ premise, Southpaw is knocked down early in the first round, and, once on the mat, it's out for the count.’
      • ‘He backed up a bit to allow himself some room, but Kahn pressed on, swinging in a flurry of combinations as he attempted to nail Aouri and knock him down for the count.’
      1. 1.1Unconscious or soundly asleep.
        • ‘We see the other astronauts, already out for the count, in their sealed sleep bubbles.’
        • ‘She rammed into the back of the man whose head she had just covered, knocking him out for the count, coming to a halt in front of him, still on her feet as he fell.’
        • ‘It's a nice morning on the Vancouver set of ‘Elektra,’ but Garner's laying flat on her back, down for the count.’
        • ‘It knocked him upside the head and he was down for the count.’
        • ‘As the in - flight movie, Legally Blonde, played mutely on aeroplane screens, Reid was given two more injections - to make sure he was out for the count.’
        • ‘With Miles down for the count, I expected some peering into how a coach completely reshapes his game plan, but that was absent here.’
        • ‘An apparent clash of heads in the tackle left the inspirational Kiwi out for the count and he was in no state to play any further part.’
        • ‘I'm under the covers for less than five minutes before I'm out for the count.’
        • ‘Her feet kicked up and hit Sean backwards sending him into a tree knocking him out for the count.’
        • ‘He lay down in another room, finally out for the count.’
        unconscious, comatose, knocked out, inert, insensible, senseless, insensate, insentient
        anaesthetized, soundly asleep
        out, out cold, zonked out, dead to the world, kayoed, ko'd
        spark out
        soporose, soporous
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  • take the count

    • Be knocked out.

      • ‘Dalbir made a valiant attempt and pushing Diwakar onto the ropes executed a couple of solid blows, which had Diwakar taking the count.’
      • ‘James has never been knocked out - stopped, but has never taken the count.’
      • ‘Napapol got Arial Austria to take the count at 40 seconds of the 5th.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • count someone in

    • Include someone in an activity or the plans for it.

      ‘if the project gets started, count me in’
      • ‘To make sure you are counted in, please send your contact details including telephone and e-mail to Voluntary Arts Ireland.’
      • ‘So I wouldn't be counting them in on the reunion tour anytime soon.’
      • ‘If this is the future of product development, count me in.’
      • ‘If anyone is taking up a collection to buy him some new records, count me in for a quid.’
      • ‘If Democratic politicians want to run on restoring moral values in government they can count me in.’
      • ‘‘If you're planning on getting rid of this guy, count me in,’ said Sutton.’
      • ‘Had a feeling we could count her in on this little celebration.’
      • ‘No, I didn't include you in my story - but I will count you in (in future) now I know you're there.’
      • ‘Well, if it includes wearing a creepy mask and robbing a bank, count me in.’
      • ‘Well she said she still needed three more guys and I said to count me in and that I knew my friend Chris would love to participate, so she added him to her list.’
      • ‘He said and turned towards Evan, ‘Good then, count us in.’’
      • ‘If we can get them for that price or less, then count us in.’
      • ‘I had a chat to coach Darren Abram on the way home and on Wednesday told him to count me in.’
      • ‘And it has done Scotland the honour of counting us in, at least as an associate, in one of a burgeoning number of economic, political and cultural links across the North Sea.’
      • ‘So count us in for next year's challenge and let's see if we can make our, slightly unofficial, record official.’
      • ‘I know I can sing, so you can definitely count me in for the next series.’
      • ‘Well, if this is what it takes to get him to stop writing, count me in as one of his most febrile supporters.’
      • ‘If there's a job where you can get £100,000 without having to account for it, please count me in.’
      • ‘I said count me in, not realising he would take me seriously, but he did.’
      • ‘But more than that, it seemed to be the soundtrack for a life that was much more fun than mine, being enjoyed by people much less smart than myself who would never really count me in.’
      include, involve, bring in, take in, admit, introduce, add, enter, incorporate
      take into account, take account of, take note of, allow for
      allow to participate, allow to take part, let someone in on something
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  • count someone out

    • 1Complete a count of ten seconds over a fallen boxer to indicate defeat.

      ‘Jeffries landed a left hook to the jaw and Fitz was counted out’
      • ‘Referee Alfred counted him out at two minutes and 51 seconds of the fourth, by which time Iron Mike had rusted into a crumpled heap.’
      • ‘There was a pinch of controversy over the way Abdulaev was counted out after suffering a knockdown at the hands of Clottey.’
      • ‘Etienne was knocked flat on his back in the middle of the ring and he lay there as referee Bill Clancy counted him out just 49 seconds into the scheduled 10-round fight.’
      • ‘He made a motion as if to get back up, them slumped back down as the referee counted him out.’
      • ‘It was here that his dream was shattered as he was counted out by the referee.’
    • 2Not include someone in an activity.

      ‘if this is a guessing game you can count me out’
      • ‘Do what you like, we know we can't stop you - just count us out.’
      • ‘The Stars are losers so far this summer in the open market, but don't count them out when the season starts.’
      • ‘As William James stated about Myers in a 1901 letter, he was aware of ‘how much psychologists as a rule have counted him out from their profession’.’
      • ‘The Buccaneers were a first-half flop, but we're not counting them out yet; they'll be better down the stretch.’
      • ‘The communication between the two means you can never count them out, even though they begin the second half of the Chase in ninth place, 124 points behind Stewart.’
      • ‘He has had trouble repeating his original start-up glory with his work in satellite telephone networks - but don't count him out.’
      • ‘At age 38 Lewis' critics have counted him out more than once.’
      • ‘If this is where technology is going, you can count me out.’
      • ‘The athlete faces a tough field in Athens, and might find gold a hurdle too far - but don't count her out.’
      • ‘If not, count me out for the second X-Files movie, if such a thing ever happens.’
      exclude, omit, leave out, rule out, except, reject, drop, eliminate, cut out, keep out
      pass over, disregard, ignore
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    • 3(in children's games) select a player for dismissal or a special role by using a counting rhyme.

  • count something out

    • 1Take items one by one from a stock of something, especially money, keeping a note of how many one takes.

      ‘opening the wallet I counted out 19 dollars’
      • ‘He pulled all of his money from his shirt pocket and counted it out.’
      • ‘He clumsily pulled a pack of matches out of his pocket and proceeded to tear out seventeen of the matches, counting them out and crisscrossing them on top of one another as he did.’
      • ‘Cashiers handing change to customers count the money out in English even to obviously monolingual older Navajos.’
      • ‘He reaches over with one hand and takes the money as one of the two older women counts it out.’
      • ‘I raised my eyebrows at him as I began to take out the money and count it out.’
      • ‘Or perhaps babies rely on an innate facility for making automatic distinctions of up to three or four items without counting them out, as some other scientists theorize.’
      • ‘Rich people still get professional bankers, competent and dressed in wool, to count their money out to them.’
      • ‘I could not resist going to where I had stored these bulbs and counting them out… all 99 of them.’
      • ‘She pulled out all the money that she had brought from the Motel and counted it out onto the counter.’
      • ‘He looked at the worn banknotes doubled over in his jacket pocket and slowly counted them out.’
    • 2Procure the adjournment of the House of Commons when fewer than 40 members are present.

      • ‘It was expected that the House would be counted out at 9 o'clock.’


Middle English (as a noun): from Old French counte (noun), counter (verb), from the verb computare calculate (see compute).




Main definitions of count in English

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  • A foreign nobleman whose rank corresponds to that of an earl.

    • ‘The official guest list named at least 70 kings, queens, grand dukes, princes, counts and lesser nobles.’
    • ‘Lords and dukes and counts came up to me in an endless line, bowing and asking for a dance.’
    • ‘In 1808 the imperial nobility was completed with the ranks of count, baron, and chevalier, all of them hereditary.’
    • ‘A number of counts and other lords came with their forces, but the most significant and influential arrival was Cardinal Pelagius, a papal legate.’
    • ‘But as the children of the counts and countesses grew up, many needed to raise money.’
    • ‘The count was giving orders to some servants and when he heard her he turned around.’
    • ‘The Venetian republic forbade its citizen nobles (those who sat in the Consiglio Maggiore) from assuming titles such as prince, duke, marquis, or count.’
    • ‘Along the way, he told her who would be there; counts, countesses, her new maids and staff, and, of course, his parents, the King and Queen.’
    • ‘Just pretend you're dukes or counts from one of the northern countries and you can get anywhere in that castle.’
    • ‘These families of counts and marquises proved long-lived, and over time played important roles in different regional and urban contexts.’
    • ‘As the night drew on the count ordered everyone to bed as he had done the previous night.’
    • ‘In the meantime, Araminte's family has proposed a marriage between her and a neighbouring count in order to settle a land dispute.’
    • ‘Similarly, the authority of marquesses, dukes, earls, barons, counts, and other nobles had long existed side by side with royal and imperial authority.’
    • ‘He directed the call to arms not to kings and emperors, but to counts and barons and even to cities.’
    • ‘Cities are torn by wars between local crime lords, and nations are rent by various dukes and counts dealing death.’
    • ‘At least with Philip's reign, the trend of the previous generations was halted: the crown at least was no longer losing lands to counts and dukes.’
    • ‘She was also introduced to several lords, dukes and soon to be counts and barons, who were her age.’
    • ‘They had been introduced to most of the guests at the ball, the counts and countesses, princes and princesses, kings and queens.’
    • ‘They all sat in a row, ranged according to their rank - kings and princes and dukes and earls and counts and barons and knights.’
    • ‘A council meeting that contained dukes, counts, and generals.’


Late Middle English: from Old French conte, from Latin comes, comit- companion, overseer, attendant (in late Latin person holding a state office), from com- together with + it- gone (from the verb ire go).