Main definitions of count in English

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  • 1with 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 total raw score was then determined by counting the number of different feasible uses generated for all three objects.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meanwhile local governments began to count the total losses resulting from the flash flood.’
    • ‘We collected fruits and counted the total number of flowers, fruits, and fully developed undamaged seeds from each plant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The percentage of infected cells was determined by counting the total number infected and uninfected cells from 10 randomly selected microscopic fields.’
    • ‘Total words for a specific item were determined by counting each word in the problem statement and all answer choices.’
    • ‘Each player then counts the total number of cards they have collected in their pile.’
    • ‘The membership total is tallied by counting the number of people who have paid dues in the last 18 months.’
    • ‘So, in February, I've decided to count the total number of search engine referrals to this webpage.’
    • ‘The votes were counted up fairly quickly, and by a slim majority one of the three choices had been passed.’
    • ‘The final mark includes both the test results, as well as assessment task results, which are counted up over the year.’
    • ‘The vote was anonymous and we all watched as it was counted up.’
    • ‘The first census in 1769 counted a total of 797,584 people; by 1998, the total population was 5,294,860.’
    • ‘The votes will be counted up to Monday, July 28 and the election is being overseen by the Electoral Reform Society.’
    • ‘Votes are counted locally but the totals are calculated nationally, and seats in parliament are awarded in proportion to votes.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘And the funds raised by the swimming marathon have just been counted up.’
    add up, add together, find the sum of, sum up, reckon up, figure up, calculate, compute, enumerate, total, tally, add
    keep a tally of, keep a count of, keep a record of
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    1. 1.1no object Recite numbers in ascending order, usually starting at the number one.
      ‘hold the position as you count to five’
      • ‘Lin comprehended pairs, and could count to four, so eight was as high as his knowledge of cardinal numbering went.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He can count from 1 to 10, and recite the alphabet from A-Z.’
      • ‘Having made a century flawlessly, she asked me ‘Can you count to a hundred?’’
      • ‘You might need to learn how to count to 10 before you speak - or maybe even 11 or 12!’
      • ‘He could already count to fifty, and he had taught himself!’
      • ‘They began to count to three, then sang a ‘lovely’ happy birthday.’
      • ‘Numbers were practically meaningless to her, as she only barely could count to 100, something Laurel constantly nagged her about.’
      • ‘They couldn't speak any English, and Matt knew only how to count to ten in Arabic.’
      • ‘He can actually count to ten, but gets rather carried away.’
      • ‘When he was finished, he told the boy to count to 10.’
      • ‘She seemed to count to 10, her smile fixed, then said she'd have to ask.’
      • ‘When asked to count backward from 67 to 54, he counted from 62 to 52.’
      • ‘Bob still claims that Billy can't count and Billy says otherwise.’
      • ‘You made it this far without knowing how to count to nine?’
      • ‘He claimed to be able to count to 100 now, although I didn't put it to the test…’
      • ‘Let me count to ten, upload, and go watch a stupid movie.’
      • ‘It took him almost an hour to count to twenty-two.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2count downno object Recite or display numbers backward 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’
      • ‘As we counted down backwards in Chinese we then drew attention to ourselves by singing ‘Auld Aung Syne‘.’
      • ‘His eyes moved to a small digital read-out before him, counting down from five… to zero!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The LCD display showed fifteen minutes and it was counting down.’
      • ‘All kinds of companies have been putting out little millennial clocks which count down - or counted down - to the magic moment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He smiled like he knew how, and then Lee was behind the cameras, counting down.’
      • ‘The clock counted down, and the Challenger lifted off.’
      • ‘The timer counted down to zero, and after few seconds, the words Transmission Successful appeared on the screen.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 Discovery space shuttle is counting down for blast-off, with NASA managers confident that last minute hitches would not delay today's launch.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is an awfully large LED which displays the number 1: 03 and is steadily counting down.’
      • ‘The screen in front of him read Continue with the number ten, counting down to zero.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The elongated stars drifted by as the ships chronometer counted down to zero.’
    3. 1.3count downno 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’
      • ‘So we were now counting down to ‘B’ day now that ‘P’ day was out of the way.’
      • ‘In the meantime, we're counting down to May 23, when the first of the sequels will finally be revealed.’
      • ‘I'm now counting down to my 38th birthday, and then the second anniversary of the inception of this web backwater.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I am counting down to the end of term. 1 week and 3 days (including today).’
      • ‘Rose, who is now counting down to her 100th birthday, attributes her longevity to a life-long non-smoking status.’
      • ‘But even they can't resist counting down to the Opening Ceremony to be held on a particularly special Friday, August 13.’
      • ‘Start counting down to Halloween 2004, since this one just can't wait until Christmas.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So it's back to work today and time to starting counting down to our next holiday in ten weeks time.’
      • ‘Local historians are eagerly counting down to five days of celebrations being staged for probably Chorley's most famous son.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2with object Take into account; include.

    ‘the staff has shrunk to four, or five if you count the summer intern’
    • ‘Expect the form to be widely adopted, since its sponsors include the VHA Health Foundation, which counts major hospitals among its members.’
    • ‘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 journey north-east from Niamey to Agadez would take at least 12 hours of driving - without counting the stops.’
    • ‘She even counts a former president among her followers.’
    • ‘The statuesque actress, who counts Sylvester Stallone among her previous husbands, has made her vows with her Italian boyfriend.’
    • ‘The group, which counts actress Joanna Lumley among its fans, is currently based at Carlisle Business Centre, Manningham.’
    • ‘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 total payout will top $20 million, not counting his pension!’
    • ‘RIM, which counts the Yorkshire Post among its titles, already owns Insider's English sister publications North West Insider and Yorkshire Insider.’
    • ‘For I counted him among the many friends I had gained during five years as a journalist in Jammu and Kashmir.’
    • ‘Again, certain categories of fatalities are not counted, including deaths caused by industrial diseases.’
    • ‘The government's communications unit has approved ads worth just under $1 billion since 1996, without counting individual departments' spending.’
    • ‘Though she counts Chinese and Russian among the languages she speaks fluently, Fritzie has never played piano in either of those countries.’
    • ‘However, these figures count all officers, including desk officers who are not able to answer calls from the public.’
    • ‘No extras are included, unless you count the advertisement for other Comedy Central shows.’
    • ‘I count Euripides among them, and would also include in this category Aristotle, Rousseau, Hume, and Adam Smith.’
    • ‘The NT $25 billion budget would not be counted and included under the Public Debt Law, according to the draft proposal.’
    • ‘In these reports, only discharge events are counted and cannot account for individuals with repeat admissions.’
    • ‘Though she was agoraphobic, she had a broad scattering of acquaintances, including a loyal readership who counted her among their friends.’
    • ‘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.’
    include, take into account, take account of, take into consideration, allow for, incorporate
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    1. 2.1count someone in Include someone in an activity or the plans for it.
      ‘if the project gets started, count me in’
      • ‘‘If you're planning on getting rid of this guy, count me in,’ said Sutton.’
      • ‘If we can get them for that price or less, then count us in.’
      • ‘To make sure you are counted in, please send your contact details including telephone and e-mail to Voluntary Arts Ireland.’
      • ‘I had a chat to coach Darren Abram on the way home and on Wednesday told him to 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.’
      • ‘I said count me in, not realising he would take me seriously, but he did.’
      • ‘Had a feeling we could count her in on this little celebration.’
      • ‘If this is the future of product development, count me in.’
      • ‘So I wouldn't be counting them in on the reunion tour anytime soon.’
      • ‘Well, if this is what it takes to get him to stop writing, count me in as one of his most febrile supporters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said and turned towards Evan, ‘Good then, count us in.’’
      • ‘Well, if it includes wearing a creepy mask and robbing a bank, count me in.’
      • ‘If there's a job where you can get £100,000 without having to account for it, please count me in.’
      • ‘No, I didn't include you in my story - but I will count you in (in future) now I know you're there.’
      • ‘So count us in for next year's challenge and let's see if we can make our, slightly unofficial, record official.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I know I can sing, so you can definitely count me in for the next series.’
      include, involve, bring in, take in, admit, introduce, add, enter, incorporate
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    2. 2.2 Regard 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 ‘the rebate counts as taxable income’
      • ‘I've no time for them at all and I am happy to stand and be counted as a Labour supporter.’
      • ‘These families often face material hardships and financial pressures similar to those families who are officially counted as poor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even though Scholes sometimes plays in a follow-up role to the attackers, he's still counted as a midfielder.’
      • ‘2004, therefore, has to be counted as a shocking disappointment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To count the accumulation of ‘merely’ a dozen Olympic medals as a disappointment is silly.’
      • ‘Beer consumption has gone down by 20 per cent over 20 years, even if lager is counted as beer - which, officially, it is.’
      • ‘At least in the insurance sector, destruction caused by riots is counted as an act of god.’
      • ‘Why should money transfers like these be counted as aid?’
      • ‘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 counted myself fortunate that the film only ran 84 minutes, since only about ten of them were interesting.’
      • ‘Our football clubs and national teams win nothing internationally, and yet we say we want to be counted among the best.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He counts himself lucky that his parents, delighted he wanted to write, bought him a typewriter when he was 14.’
      • ‘Four Summerhill students can count themselves among the brightest in the country after winning the All-Ireland Schools Table Quiz title.’
      • ‘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.’
      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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  • 3no object Be significant.

    ‘it did not matter what the audience thought—it was the critics that counted’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We thought, ‘What we need to do is turn the critics around, because the fans don't count.’’
    • ‘No one significant so my opinion of him doesn't really count, now does it?’
    • ‘As an amateur in the field, but with a job to do, I do not think it is really the subject matter that counts.’
    • ‘On a team whose season was sabotaged by injuries, with nearly every regular out for significant time, that counts.’
    • ‘It is not Jesus' Resurrection that counts but the way in which the disciples experienced the significance of Jesus' Resurrection.’
    • ‘It is, after all, the subject matter that counts - this group of people in this place at this time.’
    • ‘Finally, the man told the woman to express her opinion where it counts, at the ballot box.’
    • ‘It's the thought that counts on Mother's Day, when a box of chocolates and a card means so much to most mums.’
    • ‘Logically, in a ‘normal’ election, governance issues should count significantly.’
    • ‘Patil emphasised that as far as he was concerned, what counted was the consistency factor.’
    • ‘But I understand that other people's opinions count just as much as mine.’
    • ‘When it mattered, when it counted, you were there, and that's what should count.’
    • ‘Whose interpretations of the world will count at this critical moment?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She believed in him and she was not a frivolous person, so her opinion counted.’
    • ‘Critics' views count only when they echo the public's, she says.’
    • ‘They often question whether their opinions count or if the issue is of relevance to them.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 sportsmanlike attitude will count in his favor’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two factors may count against him winning any more.’
      • ‘Various factors counted against Halley when he was an applicant in 1691 for the Savilian astronomy professorship at Oxford University.’
      • ‘The capacity to raise funds for developing the property will count in their favour.’
      • ‘The 57-year-old is a former C4 director of programmes and has also worked in the US, which would count in his favour.’
      • ‘Up until last week Lochcarron had scored more goals - a factor which will count if both teams end up on the same points.’
      • ‘You wonder if not being an international company will somehow count in our favour, or what.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That she is female and is a fluent Arabic speaker are likely to count in her favour, at least statistically.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These and other factors not mentioned may count against him, rendering his financial support from Smith useless.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Robson, whose friendship with Roy Keane could count in his favour, has been out of management since leaving Middlesbrough last year.’
      • ‘In fact, their experience in New Zealand would count in their favour should they subsequently receive a job offer and apply for residency.’
      • ‘It was imposed in June last year for dangerous driving under the influence of drugs and could count against her in future sentencing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The lesson of these polls is not that the morality and leadership factors don't count as much as people say they do.’
    2. 3.2count for Be worth (a specified amount)
      ‘he has no power base and his views count for little’
      • ‘His authority counts for everything, no matter what the jurisdiction.’
      • ‘Investment is one industry where grey hair actually counts for something.’
      • ‘At least 25 per cent of the gags were funny enough to get me to laugh out loud, which counts for something.’
      • ‘I mean, clearly I'm no expert in evolutionary biology, so my opinion really counts for less than 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.’
      • ‘So as a factor in any general or other elections, he counts for nothing.’
      • ‘I've already said that I don't think my opinion counts for anything.’
      • ‘Nothing can be done ‘in our name’, because our views and interests count for nothing.’
      • ‘The rest would have been welcome and I was disappointed that our views counted for little.’
      • ‘Not to be a conspiracy theorist, but how do I know my vote counts for anything?’
      • ‘I didn't write, though I did post to the blog, so I suppose that counts for something.’
      • ‘And when did the views of the people count for much with a Guardian columnist anyway?’
      • ‘Such attitude and character counts for much in Division Three and will be worth more than a few points this season.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Furthermore, he is a previous course-and distance winner, which counts for plenty on this tricky track.’
      • ‘A glass of fruit juice only counts for one portion, irrespective of the amount you drink.’
      • ‘On the other hand, one might argue, context counts for something.’
      • ‘In a war won at the push of a button, bravery counts for nothing.’
      • ‘In the new era, willingness to act counts for more than any other factor in attaining global power.’
    3. 3.3count toward Be included in an assessment of (a final result or amount)
      ‘reduced rate contributions do not count toward your pension’
      • ‘This is my final part submission case study, and believe it or not counts towards my final mark.’
      • ‘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 means that any rise in pay would not count towards the pension.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘Events counting towards this award include Union Championships, Inter Club and Union Team Matches.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The reduced contributions paid by some married women do not count towards the basic pension.’
      • ‘These essays then counted towards their final results.’
      • ‘The marks I entered in my check list counted towards their final result.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He will have an added pressure during the run of the show because his contribution will count towards the final grade of his qualification.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The 2004 Ford RST Championship is also new this year and will consist of 6 rounds with 4 to count towards the final total.’
      • ‘They're goal-based - everything counts towards an eventual prize; while I'm reward-based - everything is relative, and unpleasant tasks deserve compensation.’
      • ‘Reforming the voting system to make each vote count towards the final result would make every individual's opinion important.’
      • ‘The results will count towards the county council's star rating for adult and community services.’


  • 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’
    • ‘At the last count, around 60% of individual bankrupts were under 30.’
    • ‘She said in 1992 there were 336 acute care beds in the hospital and at the last count there were 187.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was also pretty active in his family life, fathering sixteen children and, at the last count, he was a grandfather thirty-three times!’
    • ‘When they proceeded to the count, it turned out that there were 970 votes for Mr. Yushchenko and 383 votes for Yanukovych.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mat did a quick count and decided there were somewhere between thirty and forty people in this room.’
    • ‘Last year the same amendment failed after a quorum count showed that the number of students had dropped from 550 to 430.’
    • ‘The non-party councillor got 1790 votes and was elected on the first count having exceeded the quota by 690 votes.’
    • ‘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 got everyone into two rows and did a count to make sure everyone was all right.’
    • ‘He won just over 2,000 votes but, with less than 4% of the total poll, was eliminated after the fourth count.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also, at the last count, you guys donated a whopping $27,695.41 to the relief fund.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I opened up every document, did a word count, and added it all up.’
    • ‘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.’
    calculation, enumeration, computation, reckoning, counting, telling, tally, tallying, totting up
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    1. 1.1 The total determined by counting.
      ‘there was a moderate increase in the white cell count in both patients’
      • ‘Most of the patients had a parasite count of more than 10 percent, which is critical.’
      • ‘Twenty-four percent of patients had platelet counts above the upper range of normal.’
      • ‘But even as he was speaking, the body count was rising.’
      • ‘We also list published chromosome numbers (diploid counts only) for each group.’
      • ‘Finally, the number of shoots and plantlets was counted again and summed with the first counts to give the total regeneration.’
      • ‘The death count, the death toll officially won't be known for still more days and weeks to come, Lou.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most patients had platelet counts of less than 20,000 per mm3.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘Gloucester, whose injury count has hit double figures, featured Forrester in the centres again and a patched-up back row.’
      • ‘Three patients had low platelet counts before discharge from the first hospitalization.’
      • ‘The film has a much higher body count than the first, but the deaths are a bit less chilling here.’
      • ‘The official death count stands at just over 1,800.’
      • ‘Last November, the discrepancy between the presidential exit polls and the tallied count was far beyond the margin for error.’
      • ‘The main goal of the meeting was to pass an amendment to lower the quorum count to 200.’
      • ‘It was only men with fertility problems who had lower counts and counts vary widely anyhow.’
      • ‘White cell counts among the patients who have died have been up to 10 times greater than is normally seen with serious infections.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 it for a count of seven’
    ‘hold the position for five counts’
    • ‘As she reached the count of ten, Elliot followed Carl into his dreams.’
    • ‘On the count of five, everyone was to run toward the tree.’
    • ‘Each portion of the move should take 2 counts, for a total of 8 counts per rep.’
    • ‘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 said he had never known an audience of that size and age, to stop stamping after five counts in the Vivaldi ‘Winter’ movement.’
    • ‘Dip cookies in hot chocolate to a quick count of five and eat!’
    • ‘He opened them again just as his count reached twenty-seven and let himself out, letting himself fall on his face on the floor.’
    • ‘You should take 3 full counts to lift the weight and 5 counts to lower it.’
    • ‘At the top of each move, pause and squeeze for a one-two count before lowering the weight.’
    • ‘Inhale for four counts, exhale for four counts; then inhale for five counts, exhale for five counts, and so on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Inhale through your nose to a count of 10.’
    1. 2.1 An 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.
      • ‘Without picking up the count, the referee ended the fight.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The count had only reached four before the referee decided he had seen enough and summoned immediate medical attention.’
      • ‘Referee Tony Perez reached five in the count and the bell couldn't save Ellis.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 2.2Baseball The number of balls and strikes that have been charged to the batter, as recalculated with each pitch.
      ‘the count on Gwynn is 1 ball and 2 strikes’
      • ‘His below-average control throws him into hitters' counts more often than not.’
      • ‘He can view his pitches by type, count and location.’
      • ‘Or try it the other way - see how the hitter has done this season on the same strike count.’
      • ‘Oswalt throws strikes and gets ahead of the batters in the pitch count.’
      • ‘In fact, he had the third-highest pitch count of his career and the most since 1998.’
      • ‘Both have kept their pitch counts low, making good use of the strike zone.’
  • 3A point for discussion or consideration.

    ‘the program remained vulnerable on a number of counts’
    • ‘This objection has considerable validity, on several counts.’
    • ‘Such images are of interest 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.’
    • ‘According to the family, that finding is wrong on every count.’
    • ‘One of my favourite films ever, it's just so GOOD on every count.’
    • ‘Her book is a landmark study on several counts.’
    • ‘Their detective is an outsider on every count and the violence is meted out against a community which is marginalised and forgotten.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Duckenfield deserves praise on a number of counts.’
    • ‘This passage is confused on a number of different counts.’
    • ‘If we set our sights low and continue to lose audience and profit, we lose on every count.’
    • ‘This volume is to be commended on several different counts.’
    • ‘As it turned out, Stalin was mistaken on every count.’
    • ‘Give the man a cigar - he's correct on both counts!’
    • ‘The new Mori Art Center, to be built on top of a Tokyo skyscraper, is surprising on a number of counts.’
    • ‘After all, their products are similar on a number of counts.’
    • ‘He is wrong on every count and his paper is among the worst examples of pseudo-science I have ever come across.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 3.1Law A separate charge in an indictment.
      ‘he pleaded guilty to five counts of murder’
      • ‘In all he pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and a count of sexual activity with a child.’
      • ‘At that time, he is expected to plead guilty to one felony count of conspiracy.’
      • ‘She sentenced Reeves to a total of 100 hours community punishment order for both counts, and disqualified him from driving for 32 months.’
      • ‘Prosecutors formally indicted her on two counts of capital murder last week and her attorneys promptly gave notice they would enter an insanity defence.’
      • ‘He has pled not guilty to each and every count in the indictment.’
      • ‘Mr Will Fennelly, counsel for the state, said the defendants had pleaded to six representative counts on the indictment.’
      • ‘Next is Wallace, who will face one count of assault and battery.’
      • ‘He admitted two counts of theft, one of robbery and taking the car without consent.’
      • ‘There were three counts in the indictment of which the appellant was convicted on two.’
      • ‘Morgan admitted four specimen counts of rape and two charges of assault causing actual bodily harm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One student has filed charges against Houston, who faces one count of terrorizing and a count of battery.’
      • ‘On Tuesday the 27-year-old was given a six-month curfew order after admitting two counts of criminal damage at an earlier hearing.’
      • ‘There are six counts on the indictment and each count represents a separate allegation against this Defendant.’
      • ‘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 was convicted of securities fraud, conspiracy and seven counts of filing false reports with regulators.’
      • ‘He was indicted in February on nearly three dozen counts of fraud and other crimes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The appellant was charged on an indictment containing 25 counts.’
  • 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. 4.1 A measure of the fineness of a woven fabric expressed as the number of warp or weft threads in a given length.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


  • — and counting

    • Used to say that a figure is constantly increasing.

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

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

      • ‘Arthur looked as surprised as anyone when Kizza failed to beat the count of referee Howard Foster of Doncaster.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mena beat the count but was definitely on shaky legs.’
      • ‘Ellis showed tremendous heart once again he beat the count and stumbled to his corner.’
      • ‘It was all he needed, as Frazier was not going to beat the count.’
  • count one's blessings

    • Be grateful for what one has.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A Denholme man was also counting his blessings after missing the smash by less than a minute.’
      • ‘Right now, though, they seem to be not get the worst of the storm and so they're counting their blessings, Kyra.’
      • ‘This has been a very difficult year for us, but we have learned to count our blessings.’
      • ‘A Hampshire couple were today counting their blessings and saluting firefighters for saving their 16th century cottage which they have spent months renovating.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So he counts his blessings - the family is together, the kids are doing OK - and prays every day about what lies ahead.’
  • count the cost

    • Calculate the consequences of something, typically a careless or foolish action.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Canterbury Bulldogs club is today counting the cost of its decision to sack its football manager, Garry Hughes, last night.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A conscientious motorist is counting the cost of his actions after driving through a red traffic light to allow an emergency ambulance to pass.’
  • count the days (or hours)

    • Be impatient for time to pass.

      ‘they counted the days until they came home on leave’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Things are looking good, I'm excited, and I'm counting the hours until I get to break the seal on the CD.’
      • ‘The time passes man - just keep busy, don't count the days.’
      • ‘After learning the basics of our government, I counted the days until I turned 18 and could register to vote.’
      • ‘And Harry Potter fans, are you counting the hours until the release of the long-awaited sixth book in the series?’
      • ‘Each time you leave after visiting me, I start counting the days until you will return.’
      • ‘I am now counting the days until the DVD comes out!’
      • ‘And they say, ‘Mommy, we're counting the days until we come home.’’
      • ‘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.’
  • count (something) on the fingers of one hand

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

      ‘I could count on the fingers of one hand the men I know who are desperate to experience fatherhood’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘As for other female stars, you can count them 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.’
      • ‘They could literally count the fascist infiltrators on the fingers of one hand.’
      • ‘He said he could count such days 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The number of mistakes he made in his career could be counted on the fingers of one hand.’
      • ‘You can count the pro-victim charities on the fingers of one hand.’
  • 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’
      • ‘It's number 2,281, just in case you're keeping count.’
      • ‘Among the things it keeps count of are mentions of Mrs Warwick.’
      • ‘And no one knows exactly how many hoops are broken because no one's keeping count.’
      • ‘Don't know if anyone kept count but there must have been at least thirty people there, overcast weather notwithstanding.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I haven't kept count, but my impression is that Steyn's predictions have panned out pretty regularly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are so many wins in this I can't keep count.’
      • ‘For those keeping count, the Welshman has accumulated 23 major championship medals.’
  • 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’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Today the artist has lost count of the number of exhibitions he has participated in since those difficult days.’
      • ‘I have made so many phone calls about this parcel I have lost count.’
      • ‘Since then, he has traveled to Cuba so many times he says he has lost count.’
      • ‘I've lost count of the restaurants he's opened, and I must say, most of them do him credit.’
      • ‘We only took back roads and my brother lost count of the numerous golf courses that dotted the landscape.’
      • ‘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.’
  • down for the count

    • 1Defeated by being knocked to the canvas 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This was the first time Harmon had been knocked down let alone down for the count.’
      1. 1.1Unconscious or soundly asleep.
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘I'm under the covers for less than five minutes before I'm out for the count.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘It knocked him upside the head and he was down for the count.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘We see the other astronauts, already out for the count, in their sealed sleep bubbles.’
        • ‘With Miles down for the count, I expected some peering into how a coach completely reshapes his game plan, but that was absent here.’
        • ‘He lay down in another room, finally out for the count.’
        • ‘Her feet kicked up and hit Sean backwards sending him into a tree knocking him out for the count.’
        unconscious, comatose, knocked out, inert, insensible, senseless, insensate, insentient
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  • take the count

    • Be knocked out.

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

Phrasal Verbs

  • count on/upon

    • Rely on.

      ‘whatever you're doing, you can count on me’
      • ‘Logan admits he sometimes counts on me to entertain him when he fires up his computer at the office early in the morning.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No member of Congress counts on Social Security for his or her own retirement.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Turkey counts on tourism, its second-largest source of foreign currency earnings, to add US $10 billion a year to its economy.’
      • ‘Seniors today are really counting on Social Security to take care of them in the time they need it.’
      • ‘Oak were counting upon the match going to the decider.’
      • ‘So anybody who thinks and counts on this recession ending any time soon, I think, is wrong.’
      • ‘So, each competing band will be counting on the support of all their local fans in the Ambassador on final night!’
      • ‘It's a technique that counts on journalistic laziness, Kaplan says.’
      • ‘Firefighters there are counting on a break in the hot weather and a shift in the wind to give them an upper hand.’
      • ‘Nathan still counts on his parent's involvement in his sport.’
      • ‘The family of five counts on Auntie Lau to help out.’
      • ‘Every year, the National Guard counts on recruiting up to 10,000 soldiers after they leave the active duty force.’
      • ‘Everybody counts on the director to make sure the intention of the movie stays intact.’
      • ‘They basically laid out a strategy which counts on currency manipulation to accumulate lots of hard currency.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So I'm only getting about a little over a month's worth of the back pay I was counting on.’
      • ‘Like a four-year-old beating a big grown-up with his puny fists, they are actually counting on us not to retaliate.’
      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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  • count someone out

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

      • ‘It was here that his dream was shattered as he was counted out by the referee.’
      • ‘There was a pinch of controversy over the way Abdulaev was counted out after suffering a knockdown at the hands of Clottey.’
      • ‘He made a motion as if to get back up, them slumped back down as the referee counted him out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    • 2Not include someone in an activity.

      ‘if this is a guessing game you can count me out’
      • ‘The Stars are losers so far this summer in the open market, but don't count them out when the season starts.’
      • ‘At age 38 Lewis' critics have counted him out more than once.’
      • ‘Do what you like, we know we can't stop you - just count us out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If this is where technology is going, you can count me out.’
      • ‘He has had trouble repeating his original start-up glory with his work in satellite telephone networks - but don't count him out.’
      • ‘The athlete faces a tough field in Athens, and might find gold a hurdle too far - but don't count her out.’
      • ‘The Buccaneers were a first-half flop, but we're not counting them out yet; they'll be better down the stretch.’
      • ‘If not, count me out for the second X-Files movie, if such a thing ever happens.’
      • ‘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’.’
      exclude, omit, leave out, rule out, except, reject, drop, eliminate, cut out, keep out
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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

    • Take 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’
      • ‘Cashiers handing change to customers count the money out in English even to obviously monolingual older Navajos.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I raised my eyebrows at him as I began to take out the money and count it out.’
      • ‘Rich people still get professional bankers, competent and dressed in wool, to count their money out to them.’
      • ‘She pulled out all the money that she had brought from the Motel and counted it out onto the counter.’
      • ‘He pulled all of his money from his shirt pocket and counted it out.’
      • ‘He looked at the worn banknotes doubled over in his jacket pocket and slowly counted them out.’
      • ‘He reaches over with one hand and takes the money as one of the two older women counts it out.’
      • ‘I could not resist going to where I had stored these bulbs and counting them out… all 99 of them.’


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 European nobleman whose rank corresponds to that of an English earl.

    • ‘The official guest list named at least 70 kings, queens, grand dukes, princes, counts and lesser nobles.’
    • ‘The Venetian republic forbade its citizen nobles (those who sat in the Consiglio Maggiore) from assuming titles such as prince, duke, marquis, or count.’
    • ‘They all sat in a row, ranged according to their rank - kings and princes and dukes and earls and counts and barons and knights.’
    • ‘In the meantime, Araminte's family has proposed a marriage between her and a neighbouring count in order to settle a land dispute.’
    • ‘She was also introduced to several lords, dukes and soon to be counts and barons, who were her age.’
    • ‘In 1808 the imperial nobility was completed with the ranks of count, baron, and chevalier, all of them hereditary.’
    • ‘He directed the call to arms not to kings and emperors, but to counts and barons and even to cities.’
    • ‘Just pretend you're dukes or counts from one of the northern countries and you can get anywhere in that castle.’
    • ‘A number of counts and other lords came with their forces, but the most significant and influential arrival was Cardinal Pelagius, a papal legate.’
    • ‘As the night drew on the count ordered everyone to bed as he had done the previous night.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The count was giving orders to some servants and when he heard her he turned around.’
    • ‘These families of counts and marquises proved long-lived, and over time played important roles in different regional and urban contexts.’
    • ‘Cities are torn by wars between local crime lords, and nations are rent by various dukes and counts dealing death.’
    • ‘They had been introduced to most of the guests at the ball, the counts and countesses, princes and princesses, kings and queens.’
    • ‘Lords and dukes and counts came up to me in an endless line, bowing and asking for a dance.’
    • ‘A council meeting that contained dukes, counts, and generals.’
    • ‘Similarly, the authority of marquesses, dukes, earls, barons, counts, and other nobles had long existed side by side with royal and imperial authority.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But as the children of the counts and countesses grew up, many needed to raise money.’


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’).