- to check over (the separate units or groups of a collection) one by one to determine the total number; add up; enumerate: He counted his tickets and found he had ten.
- to reckon up; calculate; compute.
- to list or name the numerals up to: Close your eyes and count ten.
- to include in a reckoning; take into account: There are five of us here, counting me.
- to reckon to the credit of another; ascribe; impute.
- to consider or regard: He counted himself lucky to have survived the crash.
- to count the items of a collection one by one in order to determine the total: She counted three times before she was satisfied that none was missing.
- to list or name numerals in order: to count to 100 by fives.
- to reckon numerically.
- to have a specified numerical value.
- to be accounted or worth something: That first try didn't count—I was just practicing.
- to have merit, importance, value, etc.; deserve consideration: Every bit of help counts.
- to have worth; amount (usually followed by for): Intelligence counts for something.
- the act of counting; enumeration; reckoning; calculation: A count of hands showed 23 in favor and 16 opposed.
- the number representing the result of a process of counting; the total number.
- an accounting.
- Baseball. the number of balls and strikes, usually designated in that order, that have been called on a batter during a turn at bat: a count of two balls and one strike.
- Law. a distinct charge or theory of action in a declaration or indictment: He was found guilty on two counts of theft.
- a number representing the size or quality of yarn, especially the number based on the relation of weight to length of the yarn and indicating its degree of coarseness.
- the number of warp and filling threads per square inch in woven material, representing the texture of the fabric.
- Bowling. the number of pins struck down by the first ball rolled by a bowler in the frame following a spare and included in the score for the frame in which the spare was made.
- a single ionizing reaction registered by an ionization chamber, as in a Geiger counter.
- the indication of the total number of ionizing reactions registered by an ionization chamber in a given period of time.
- Archaic. regard; notice.
- the count, Boxing. the calling aloud by the referee of the seconds from 1 to 10 while a downed boxer remains off his feet. Completion of the count signifies a knockout, which the referee then declares: A hard right sent the challenger down for the count.Also called the full count.
- noting a number of items determined by an actual count: The box is labeled 50 count.
- count down, to count backward, usually by ones, from a given integer to zero.
- count in, to include: If you're going to the beach, count me in.
- count off, (often used imperatively, as in the army) to count aloud by turns, as to arrange positions within a group of persons; divide or become divided into groups: Close up ranks and count off from the left by threes.
- count on/upon, to depend or rely on: You can always count on him to lend you money.
- count out,
- Boxing.to declare (a boxer) a loser because of inability to stand up before the referee has counted 10 seconds.
- to exclude: When it comes to mountain climbing, count me out.
- to count and apportion or give out: She counted out four cookies to each child.
- to disqualify (ballots) illegally in counting, in order to control the election.
- count coup. coup1(def 4).
Origin of count1
- to add up or check (each unit in a collection) in order to ascertain the sum; enumeratecount your change
- (tr) to recite numbers in ascending order up to and including
- (tr often foll by in) to take into account or includewe must count him in
- not counting excluding
- (tr) to believe to be; consider; think; deemcount yourself lucky
- (intr) to recite or list numbers in ascending order either in units or groupsto count in tens
- (intr) to have value, importance, or influencethis picture counts as a rarity
- (intr often foll by for) to have a certain specified value or importancethe job counts for a lot
- (intr) music to keep time by counting beats
- the act of counting or reckoning
- the number reached by counting; sum
- law a paragraph in an indictment containing a distinct and separate charge
- physics the total number of photons or ionized particles detected by a counter
- keep count to keep a record of items, events, etc
- lose count to fail to keep an accurate record of items, events, etc
- boxing wrestling the act of telling off a number of seconds by the referee, as when a boxer has been knocked down or a wrestler pinned by his opponent
- out for the count boxing knocked out and unable to continue after a count of ten by the referee
- take the count boxing to be unable to continue after a count of ten
- archaic notice; regard; account
Word Origin for count
- a nobleman in any of various European countries having a rank corresponding to that of a British earl
- any of various officials in the late Roman Empire and under various Germanic kings in the early Middle Ages
- a man who has received an honour (papal knighthood) from the Pope in recognition of good deeds, achievements, etc
Word Origin for count
mid-14c., from Old French conter "add up," but also "tell a story," from Latin computare (see compute). Related: Counted; counting. Modern French differentiates compter "to count" and conter "to tell," but they are cognates.
title of nobility, c.1300, from Anglo-French counte (Old French conte), from Latin comitem (nominative comes) "companion, attendant," the Roman term for a provincial governor, from com- "with" (see com-) + stem of ire "to go" (see ion). The term was used in Anglo-French to render Old English eorl, but the word was never truly naturalized and mainly was used with reference to foreign titles.
- To name or list the units of a group or collection one by one in order to determine a total.
- The act of counting or calculating.
- The totality of specific items in a particular sample.
Include, as in Can all the members be counted in? or I'd love to come; count me in. [Mid-1800s]
In addition to the idioms beginning with count
- count against
- count down
- count for
- count in
- count noses
- count off
- count on
- count one's chickens before they hatch
- count out
- count to ten
- down for the count
- every minute counts
- out for (the count)
- stand up and be counted