verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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.
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.
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.
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 coup. 1 (def 4).
to add up or check (each unit in a collection) in order to ascertain the sum; enumerate: count your change
(transitive) to recite numbers in ascending order up to and including
(transitive) often foll by in. to take into account or include: we must count him in
not counting, excluding
(transitive) to believe to be; consider; think; deem: count yourself lucky
(intransitive) to recite or list numbers in ascending order either in units or groups: to count in tens
(intransitive) to have value, importance, or influence: this picture counts as a rarity
(intransitive) often foll by for. to have a certain specified value or importance: the job counts for a lot
(intransitive) (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
(boxing) out for the count, knocked out and unable to continue after a count of ten by the referee
(boxing) take the count, to be unable to continue after a count of ten
(archaic) notice; regard; account
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
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.
v. count·ed, count·ing, counts
To name or list the units of a group or collection one by one in order to determine a total. n.
down for the count, no-count
- Counting chamber
counting chamber n. A standardized glass slide used for counting cells, especially red blood cells and white blood cells, and other particulate material in a measured volume of fluid; a hemocytometer.
noun 1. a building or office used by the accounting and bookkeeping department of a business. noun 1. (rare, mainly Brit) a room or building used by the accountants of a business
noun, Mathematics. 1. (def 1).
noun 1. counting house.