[ verb ree-kount; noun ree-kount, ree-kount ]
/ verb riˈkaʊnt; noun ˈriˌkaʊnt, riˈkaʊnt /

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 confused

re-count recount

Definition for recounting (2 of 2)


[ ri-kount ]
/ rɪˈkaʊnt /

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 confused

recant recountre-count recount Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for recounting

British Dictionary definitions for recounting (1 of 2)


/ (rɪˈkaʊnt) /


(tr) to tell the story or details of; narrate

Derived Forms

recountal, noun

Word Origin for recount

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

British Dictionary definitions for recounting (2 of 2)


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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