Definition of miscount in US English:



[with object]
Pronunciation /misˈkount//mɪsˈkaʊnt/
  • Count (something) incorrectly.

    • ‘What's more, it leaves behind paper ballots that can be checked in case a manual recount is needed or if someone suspects that the computer has miscounted.’
    • ‘Overall, Seattle's schools have had adequate funding; the problem is how, in the past, the district has misspent, and miscounted, its money.’
    • ‘An accountant is worried that he will miscount money, so he counts it again and again.’
    • ‘But she must have read the calendar wrong, or miscounted.’
    • ‘Count how many bounces he makes as he travels across the surface of the water and don't worry if you miscount as the splashes will leave ripple rings for you to go back and count again when he finally stops somewhere out across the water.’
    • ‘If they discover that the election was miscounted, reimburse them.’
    • ‘Plenty of distraught candidates have gone to court accusing the voting machines of miscounting their votes, but to little avail.’
    • ‘Of the others, one runner miscounted his circuits and ran one lap too few, and the other gave up after being lapped by all four Harriers competitors.’
    • ‘One of the silly arguments of those deafening poorly designed electronic voting machines is that there's never been any evidence that they miscount votes.’
    • ‘Coincidentally, the boating people also realised that they must have miscounted, and jets set out scouring the seas for them.’
    • ‘I guess I can only hope that I've miscounted, and that there is someone I missed hiding under a rock somewhere.’
    • ‘But her mother still said that she had miscounted.’
    • ‘He had assumed they had run off or were simply ‘missing’ because their herders had miscounted.’
    • ‘I've been using the kitchen balance scale and must have miscounted the total of the little brass weights.’
    • ‘Did you forget to show me the last one or did I just miscount the number of rooms?’
    • ‘Art won a race by accident when the three leading aircraft pulled up and out of the race after miscounting the number of laps.’
    • ‘To compound the problem, when the head count was done by the senior instructor on board, he miscounted.’
    • ‘Cheryl and I thought we had just miscounted because we were tired.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, Americans don't seem to get mad about the possibility that votes were lost or miscounted unless they think it caused their side to lose an election.’
    • ‘He miscounted and for a ghastly moment thought he had overshot the seventh floor and was about to be turned upside down or mangled in the winding gear.’


Pronunciation /ˈmisˌkount//ˈmɪsˌkaʊnt/
  • An incorrect reckoning of the total number of something.

    ‘a miscount necessitates a recount’
    • ‘I got up about an hour ago to see if somehow America had suddenly realized last night was a huge miscount.’
    • ‘We've always had at the margins, Larry, some, you know, some miscounts.’
    • ‘Thanks to a census miscount in 2001, when 30,000 people were missed off the list, Manchester's health services were deprived of millions, as the Health Department did not take the extra patients into account when calculating its budget.’
    • ‘Ivan Denisovich, due to a cook's miscount, manages to swipe two extra bowls.’
    • ‘It's mere padding until the ill-fated scuba diving trip, where a miscount by the boat crew leads to Susan and Daniel resurfacing only to find they've been left behind.’
    • ‘No, we forged westward; I guess miscounts of the axles are a common occurrence.’
    • ‘Explaining the miscount, another told jurors: ‘The tourists are constantly moving around you.’’
    • ‘Fast forwarding the dull bits, the couple gets left behind in the open sea while the boat, due to an unfortunate miscount, sets off without them.’
    • ‘The machine could well be rigged for a miscount, only with voter choices printed accurately.’
    • ‘We lost on election night, but got a call from the secretary of state 10 hours later to say there was a miscount and we had actually won.’
    • ‘Many Ukrainians feel that they have witnessed a electoral theft that makes the Florida miscount look like a petty candy shoplifting spree.’
    • ‘He said that improvements to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate's procedures had been introduced to prevent a repeat of the miscount.’
    • ‘Colonel Tucker paused and enjoyed the murmur of chatter his intentional miscount had provoked before continuing with, ‘Just a moment, my count may be in error.’’
    • ‘I immediately pointed out that I thought there had been a miscount.’
    • ‘As for the claims that there is going to be a massive miscount on these particular counties, a representative of the state from the attorney general's office, said that that is strictly speculation.’
    • ‘I discovered four magic words, ‘voting machines and glitch,’ which, when entered into a search engine, yielded a shocking result: A staggering pile of miscounts was accumulating.’
    • ‘But election officials in California say there have never been any known miscounts or fraud involving the machines.’
    • ‘But at a day-long meeting to address the issue with Wright family members, the employees were able to keep the focus of the discussion on improving the inventory process, rather than assigning blame for the miscount.’