- count1 W3S1 [kaunt] v▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(find the total)¦2¦(say numbers)¦3¦(be allowed)¦4¦(include)¦5¦(consider something)¦6¦(important)¦7 I/you can count somebody/something on (the fingers of) one hand8 don't count your chickens (before they're hatched)9 count your blessings10 count the cost11 who's counting?12 count sheepPhrasal verbscount downcount somebody incount on/upon somebody/somethingcount somebody/something out▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: conter, from Latin computare; COMPUTE]1.) ¦(FIND THE TOTAL)¦ also count up [T]to calculate the total number of things or people in a group▪ I was amazed at the number of plants - I counted 147.count (up) how many▪ Count up how many ticks are in each box.2.) ¦(SAY NUMBERS)¦ also count upto say numbers in order, one by one or in groupscount to▪ Sarah can count up to five now.count by twos/fives etc▪ It's quicker to count by tens (=saying 10, 20, 30 ...) .3.) ¦(BE ALLOWED)¦ [I and T]to be allowed or accepted, or to allow or accept something, according to a standard, set of ideas, or set of rules▪ A linesman had his flag up so the kick did not count.count as▪ Locally produced sales by American firms in Japan do not count as exports.▪ Today's session is counted as training, so you will get paid.count towards▪ Results from the two rounds count towards championship points.4.) ¦(INCLUDE)¦ [T]to include someone or something in a total▪ There are more than two thousand of us, not counting the crew.count sb/sth among sth▪ I count Jules and Ady among my closest friends.5.) ¦(CONSIDER SOMETHING)¦ [T]to consider someone or something in a particular waycount sb/sth as sth▪ I don't count him as a friend anymore.▪ You should count yourself lucky that you weren't hurt.6.) ¦(IMPORTANT)¦ [I not in progressive]to be important or valuable▪ First impressions really do count.count for▪ His promises don't count for much.▪ His overseas results count for nothing .7.) I/you can count sb/sth on (the fingers of) one hand[i]spoken used to emphasize how small the number of something is▪ The number of cougar attacks on humans can be counted on the fingers of one hand.8.) don't count your chickens (before they're hatched)spoken used to say that you should not make plans that depend on something good happening, because it might not▪ I wouldn't count your chickens, Mr Vass. I've agreed to sign the contract, but that's all.9.) count your blessingsspoken used to tell someone to be grateful for the good things in their life10.) count the costto start having problems as a result of your earlier decisions or mistakes▪ We're now counting the cost of not taking out medical insurance.11.) who's counting?used to say that you are not worried about the number of times something happens - often used humorously▪ Apparently the next Star Trek film (number six, but who's counting ?) will definitely be the last.12.) count sheepto imagine a line of sheep jumping over a fence, one at a time, and count them as a way of getting to sleepcount down phr vto count the number of days, minutes etc until a particular moment or eventcount sth<=>down▪ We are counting down the days to the end of this tour.count in [count sb in] phr vto include someone in an activity▪ When the game gets started, you can count me in.count on/upon / [count on/upon sb/sth] phr v1.) to depend on someone or something, especially in a difficult situation▪ You can count on me.▪ With luck, you might cover your costs, but don't count on it.count on (sb/sth) doing sth▪ We're all counting on winning this contract.▪ They were counting on him not coming out of hospital.count on sb/sth to do sth▪ You can count on Dean to ruin any party.2.) to expect something▪ The presence of Paula was one thing he hadn't counted on.count on (sb/sth) doing sth▪ We didn't count on so many people being on vacation.count out [count sb/sth out] phr v1.) to not include someone or something in an activity▪ I'm sorry, you'll have to count me out tonight.2.) to decide that someone or something is not important or worth considering▪ I wouldn't count him out. If anybody can make a comeback, he can.3.) count sth<=>outto put things down one by one as you count them▪ The teller counted out ten $50 bills.count 2count2 W3S2 n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(total)¦2¦(measurement)¦3 lose count4 keep count5 on all/several/both etc counts6 at the last count7 be out for the count8¦(law)¦9¦(rank/title)¦▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Sense: 1-8; Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: conte, from conter; COUNT1][Sense: 9; Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: conte, from Latin comes 'person you are with, member of the emperor's court', from com- ( COM-) + ire 'to go']1.) ¦(TOTAL)¦the process of counting, or the total that you get when you count things▪ Hold your breath for a count of 10.2.) ¦(MEASUREMENT)¦a measurement that shows how much of a substance is present in a place, area etc that is being examined▪ The pollen count is high today.3.) lose countto forget a number you were calculating or a total you were trying to countlose count of▪ There have been so many accidents here, the police have lost count.4.) keep countto keep a record of the changing total of something over a period of timekeep count of▪ I never manage to keep count of what I spend on my credit card.5.) on all/several/both etc countsin every way, in several ways etc▪ It was important that they secure a large and widespread audience. They failed on both counts.6.) at the last countaccording to the latest information about a particular situation▪ At the last count, I had 15 responses to my letter.7.) be out for the counta) to be in a deep sleepb) if a ↑boxer is out for the count, he has been knocked down for ten seconds or more8.) ¦(LAW)¦technical one of the crimes that someone is charged with▪ Davis was found not guilty on all counts .count of theft/burglary/murder etc▪ He was charged with two counts of theft.9.) ¦(RANK/TITLE)¦a European ↑nobleman with a high rank
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.