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[verb ree-kount; noun ree-kount, ree-kount]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to count again.
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  1. a second or additional count, as of votes in an election.
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Origin of re-count

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


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.
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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

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1. describe. See relate.
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Related Words for recounting

portray, recite, depict, rehash, relate, describe, detail, repeat, convey, recap, tell, narrate, delineate, picture, unload, track, itemize, rehearse, verbalize, state

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

Word Origin for recount

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


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



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

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

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"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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