count1 [ kaunt ] verb ***
▸ 1 say how many there are
▸ 2 say numbers in order
▸ 3 include in calculation
▸ 4 be important
▸ 5 treat/consider as something
1. ) intransitive or transitive to calculate how many people or things there are in a group:
All the votes have been counted.
She put the money in her bag without counting it.
At least 60 people were injured, but we're still counting.
2. ) intransitive to say numbers one after another in order:
count (up) to: I can count up to ten in German.
3. ) intransitive or transitive to include something or someone in a calculation, or to be included in a calculation:
Points scored after the bell do not count.
count toward: The test scores for project work count toward your final grade.
count as: Do public holidays count as part of vacation time?
count something as something/be counted as something: For tax purposes, sick pay is counted as income.
4. ) intransitive to be important or to have influence:
You're late but you're here and that's what counts.
What really counts is whether you have good computing skills.
count for something/anything/nothing: They made me feel my views didn't count for anything.
5. ) intransitive or transitive to think of someone or something as a particular thing, or to be thought of as a particular thing:
count as: That counts as a lie as far as I'm concerned.
count something as something/be counted as something: Is geography counted as a science subject?
count someone as something: Beth had a good voice, but had never counted herself as a real musician.
count someone among something: He counts John Lennon among his musical influences.
count yourself lucky/fortunate: We can count ourselves lucky that none of us got hurt.
and counting SPOKEN
used for saying that a number is continuing to increase as time passes:
So far we've had over 4,000 calls, and counting.
count your blessings
to realize that there are good things about your situation, as well as bad ones. This phrase is often used for telling someone that they should not complain.
count the cost BRITISH
to realize what has been lost or damaged as a result of something
count the days/hours/minutes etc.
to wait for something that you want very much to happen:
I'm counting the days until I see you again.
don't count your chickens (before they're hatched)
used for telling someone not to make plans that depend on the success of something until they are certain that it is successful
make something count
to make something have as useful and positive an effect as possible:
You only get one chance, so you have to make it count.
who's counting? SPOKEN
used for saying that it is not important how many things there are, how many times something happens, etc.:
I've had about ten pieces of chocolate already, but who's counting?
you can count something on (the fingers of) one hand SPOKEN
used for saying that there are very few things or people of a particular type
,count a`gainst phrasal verb transitive
count against someone to be a disadvantage in a particular situation:
I'm worried that my age might count against me.
,count `down phrasal verb intransitive or transitive
to wait for something to happen, usually noticing every day or moment that passes until it happens:
We are counting down the days until the end of the semester.
,count `in phrasal verb transitive
count someone in to include someone in your plans:
There's a party on Saturday. Count me in!
`count on or `count u,pon phrasal verb transitive
1. ) count on someone to depend on someone to do what you want or expect them to do for you:
The whole team was counting on me, and I let them down.
count on someone for something: You can always count on him for good advice.
count on someone to do something: I knew I could count on you to be on time.
count on someone doing something: I was counting on Jane driving me home.
a ) used in a humorous way for saying that you know someone will behave in a particular way:
You can always count on Ted to make a mess of the cooking.
2. ) count on someone/something to plan or expect that something will happen:
Tournament directors are counting on good weather.
count on someone/something doing something: We're counting on about 20 people coming to the party.
She hadn't counted on it raining.
,count `out phrasal verb transitive
1. ) count someone out to not include someone in a plan or activity:
If you're going to watch football, you can count me out.
2. ) count someone out in BOXING, to count up to ten, and then say that someone has lost a fight
3. ) to count things one by one:
She counted out $100 in $5 bills.
,count `up phrasal verb transitive
to count all the things or people in a group
`count u,pon phrasal verb transitive
same as COUNT ON
count 2 [ kaunt ] noun count **
▸ 1 counting process
▸ 2 saying numbers in order
▸ 3 each crime
▸ 4 amount of something in something
▸ 5 person of high status
1. ) the process of counting how many people or things there are in a group:
After the count, Ellison had 25% of the votes.
word/head/traffic etc. count: I did a quick head count and realized Suzie was missing.
at (the) last count: At the last count, 400 people had agreed to join.
a ) the total number of people or things counted:
My count is 80 what's yours?
2. ) the process of saying numbers in order, up to a particular number:
Hold your breath for a count of ten.
3. ) LEGAL each crime that someone is charged with:
Manning was jailed on three counts of corruption.
4. ) the amount of a substance that is measured as being present in another substance, for example, in your blood or in the air:
pollen/sperm/cell etc. count: My eyes start to water when the pollen count is high.
5. ) Count a NOBLEMAN in some European countries, but not in the U.K.:
the Count of Anjou
keep count
to remember or record a number as it changes over a period of time:
keep count of: Try to keep count of how many calories you eat over a week.
lose count of something
used for emphasizing that something has happened very many times:
I've lost count of the number of interviews I've given.
on both/all/several/many etc. counts
in both/all/several/many etc. ways:
I thought he was a kind and honest man, I was wrong on both counts.
out for the count
unconscious, or sleeping and not likely to wake up:
Steve was out for the count, so I answered the phone.

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