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re-count

[verb ree-kount; noun ree-kount, ree-kount] /verb riˈkaʊnt; noun ˈriˌkaʊnt, riˈkaʊnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to count again.
noun
2.
a second or additional count, as of votes in an election.
Origin of re-count
1755-1765
1755-65; re- + count1
Can be confused
re-count, recount.

recount

[ri-kount] /rɪˈkaʊnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to relate or narrate; tell in detail; give the facts or particulars of.
2.
to narrate in order.
3.
to tell one by one; enumerate.
Origin
1425-75; late Middle English recounten < Middle French reconter, equivalent to re- re- + conter to tell, count1
Can be confused
recant, recount.
re-count, recount.
Synonyms
1. describe. See relate.
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Examples from the Web for recounting
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  • What sufferings I endured from hunger and thirst, I will not weary you by recounting.

    Calavar Robert Montgomery Bird
  • When I asked him of what he had been guilty, he began by recounting his war work.

  • She rose and began to prepare their luncheon, recounting her adventures meanwhile in a rather flat voice.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
  • He whispered to the dog for a long while, recounting his troubles.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • Bayle exhausts himself in recounting all the infamies imputed by fable to the gods of antiquity.

British Dictionary definitions for recounting

recount

/rɪˈkaʊnt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to tell the story or details of; narrate
Derived Forms
recountal, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French reconter, from re- + conter to tell, relate; see count1

re-count

verb (riːˈkaʊnt)
1.
to count (votes, etc) again
noun (ˈriːˌkaʊnt)
2.
a second or further count, esp of votes in a closely contested election
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Word Origin and History for recounting

recount

v.

"to tell," mid-15c., also recompt, from Old North French and Anglo-French reconter (12c., Modern French raconter), from Old French re- (see re-) + conter "to relate, reckon" (see count (v)). Related: Recounted; recounting.

also re-count, "to enumerate again," 1764, from re- + count (v). Related: Recounted; recounting.

n.

also re-count, "a new count" (especially in an election), 1855, American English, from re- + count (n).

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