[verb ree-kount; noun ree-kount, ree-kount]

verb (used with object)

to count again.


a second or additional count, as of votes in an election.

Origin of re-count

First recorded in 1755–65; re- + count1
Can be confusedre-count recount



verb (used with object)

to relate or narrate; tell in detail; give the facts or particulars of.
to narrate in order.
to tell one by one; enumerate.

Origin of recount

1425–75; late Middle English recounten < Middle French reconter, equivalent to re- re- + conter to tell, count1
Can be confusedrecant recountre-count recount

Synonyms for recount

1. describe. See relate. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for recounted

Contemporary Examples of recounted

Historical Examples of recounted

  • She ordered the pedlar to be called, who recounted his story as he had done before.

  • As mentally she recounted her benefits, the strength there was in her arose, protesting.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • It has been related in various ways; but I have recounted it only as I have just told it to you.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • Many of these are recounted in a later portion of this memoir.

  • It is in such circles as these that incidents of this kind are recounted.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for recounted



(tr) to tell the story or details of; narrate
Derived Formsrecountal, noun

Word Origin for recount

C15: from Old French reconter, from re- + conter to tell, relate; see count 1


verb (riːˈkaʊnt)

to count (votes, etc) again

noun (ˈriːˌkaʊnt)

a second or further count, esp of votes in a closely contested election
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Word Origin and History for recounted



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



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



"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.

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