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Meaning of count by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /kaʊnt/, X-SAMPA: /kAUnt/
    • Rhymes: -aʊnt

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English counten, from Anglo-Norman conter ( “counter, conter” ), from Old French conter ( “add up; tell a story” ), from Latin computare, present active infinitive of computō ( “I compute” ). Displaced native Middle English tellen ( “to count” ) ( from Old English tellan ) and Middle English rimen ( “to count, enumerate” ) ( from Old English rīman ) .


    count ( plural: counts )

    1. The act of counting or tallying a quantity .
      Give the chairs a quick count to check if we have enough .
    2. The result of a tally that reveals the number of items in a set; a quantity counted .
    3. A countdown .
    4. ( law ) A charge of misconduct brought in a legal proceeding .
    5. ( baseball ) The number of balls and strikes, respectively, on a batter's in-progress plate appearance .
      He has a 3-2 count with the bases loaded .
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    count ( third-person singular simple present counts present participle counting, simple past and past participle counted )

    1. ( intransitive ) To enumerate the digits of one's numeral system .
      Can you count to a hundred?
    2. ( transitive ) To determine the number ( of objects in a group ) .
      There are three apples; count them .
    3. ( intransitive ) To be of significance; to matter .
      Your views don't count here .
      It doesn't count if you cheat with someone when you're drunk .
    4. ( intransitive ) To be an example of something .
      Apples count as a type of fruit .
    5. ( transitive ) To consider something an example of something .
      He counts himself as a hero after saving the cat from the river .
      I count you as more than a friend .
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    Etymology 2

    From Old French comte, conte .


    count ( plural: counts ) m .

    1. The male ruler of a county; also known as an earl, especially in England. The female equivalent is countess .

Explanation of count by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. include as if by counting

    2. I can count my colleagues in the opposition
    3. take account of

    4. Count on the monsoon
    5. have faith or confidence in

    6. you can count on me to help you any time
    7. name or recite the numbers in ascending order

    8. The toddler could count to 100
    9. determine the number or amount of

    10. Can you count the books on your shelf?
      Count your change
    11. show consideration for

    12. have weight

    13. put into a group

    14. The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members
    15. have a certain value or carry a certain weight

    16. each answer counts as three points
    1. the act of counting

    2. the counting continued for several hours
    3. a nobleman ( in various countries ) having rank equal to a British earl

    4. the total number counted

    5. a blood count

    Definition of count by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Count ( kount ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Counted; p. pr. & vb. n. Counting.] [OF. conter, and later ( etymological spelling ) compter, in modern French thus distinguished; conter to relate ( cf. Recount, Account ), compter to count; fr. L. computuare to reckon, compute; com- + putare to reckon, settle, order, prune, orig., to clean. See Pure, and cf. Compute.]
      1. To tell or name one by one, or by groups, for the purpose of ascertaining the whole number of units in a collection; to number; to enumerate; to compute; to reckon.

      Who can count the dust of Jacob? Num. xxiii. 10.

      In a journey of forty miles, Avaux counted only three miserable cabins. Macaulay.

      2. To place to an account; to ascribe or impute; to consider or esteem as belonging.

      Abracham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Rom. iv. 3.

      3. To esteem; to account; to reckon; to think, judge, or consider.

      I count myself in nothing else so happy

      As in a soul remembering my good friends. Shak.

      To count out. To exclude ( one ) from consideration; to be assured that ( one ) will not participate or cannot be depended upon. ( House of Commons ) To declare adjourned, as a sitting of the House, when it is ascertained that a quorum is not present. To prevent the accession of ( a person ) to office, by a fraudulent return or count of the votes cast; -- said of a candidate really elected. [Colloq.]

      Syn. -- To calculate; number; reckon; compute; enumerate. See Calculate.

    2. Count, v. i.
      1. To number or be counted; to possess value or carry weight; hence, to increase or add to the strength or influence of some party or interest; as, “every vote counts; accidents count for nothing”.

      This excellent man . . . counted among the best and wisest of English statesmen. J. A. Symonds.

      2. To reckon; to rely; to depend; -- with on or upon.

      He was brewer to the palace; and it was apprehended that the government counted on his voice. Macaulay.

      I think it a great error to count upon the genius of a nation as a standing argument in all ages. Swift.

      3. To take account or note; -- with of. [Obs.] “No man counts of her beauty.” Shak.

      4. ( Eng. Law ) To plead orally; to argue a matter in court; to recite a count. Burrill.

    3. Count, n. [F. conte and compte, with different meanings, fr. L. computus a computation, fr. computare. See Count, v. t.]
      1. The act of numbering; reckoning; also, the number ascertained by counting.

      Of blessed saints for to increase the count. Spenser.

      By this count, I shall be much in years. Shak.

      2. An object of interest or account; value; estimation. [Obs.] “All his care and count.” Spenser.

      3. ( Law ) A formal statement of the plaintiff's case in court; in a more technical and correct sense, a particular allegation or charge in a declaration or indictment, separately setting forth the cause of action or prosecution. Wharton.

      ☞ In the old law books, count was used synonymously with declaration. When the plaintiff has but a single cause of action, and makes but one statement of it, that statement is called indifferently count or declaration, most generally, however, the latter. But where the suit embraces several causes, or the plaintiff makes several different statements of the same cause of action, each statement is called a count, and all of them combined, a declaration. Bouvier. Wharton.

    4. Count, n. [F. conte, fr. L. comes, comitis, associate, companion, one of the imperial court or train, properly, one who goes with another; com- + ire to go, akin to Skr. i to go.] A nobleman on the continent of Europe, equal in rank to an English earl.

      ☞ Though the tittle Count has never been introduced into Britain, the wives of Earls have, from the earliest period of its history, been designated as Countesses. Brande & C.

      Count palatine. Formerly, the proprietor of a county who possessed royal prerogatives within his county, as did the Earl of Chester, the Bishop of Durham, and the Duke of Lancaster. [Eng.] See County palatine, under County. Originally, a high judicial officer of the German emperors; afterward, the holder of a fief, to whom was granted the right to exercise certain imperial powers within his own domains. [Germany]