count1 W3S1 [kaunt] v
1¦(find the total)¦
2¦(say numbers)¦
3¦(be allowed)¦
5¦(consider something)¦
7 I/you can count somebody/something on (the fingers of) one hand
8 don't count your chickens (before they're hatched)
9 count your blessings
10 count the cost
11 who's counting?
12 count sheep
Phrasal verbs
 count down
 count somebody in
 count on/upon somebody/something
 count 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 up
to say numbers in order, one by one or in groups
count 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.
to consider someone or something in a particular way
count 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 blessings
spoken used to tell someone to be grateful for the good things in their life
10.) count the cost
to 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 sheep
to imagine a line of sheep jumping over a fence, one at a time, and count them as a way of getting to sleep
stand up and be counted atstand1 (5), it's the thought that counts atthought2 (12)
count down phr v
to count the number of days, minutes etc until a particular moment or event
count sth<=>down
We are counting down the days to the end of this tour.
count in [count sb in] phr v
to include someone in an activity
When the game gets started, you can count me in.
count on/upon / [count on/upon sb/sth] phr v
1.) 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 v
1.) 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<=>out
to put things down one by one as you count them
The teller counted out ten $50 bills.
count 2
count2 W3S2 n
3 lose count
4 keep count
5 on all/several/both etc counts
6 at the last count
7 be out for the count
[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.
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 count
to forget a number you were calculating or a total you were trying to count
lose count of
There have been so many accidents here, the police have lost count.
4.) keep count
to keep a record of the changing total of something over a period of time
keep count of
I never manage to keep count of what I spend on my credit card.
5.) on all/several/both etc counts
in 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 count
according to the latest information about a particular situation
At the last count, I had 15 responses to my letter.
7.) be out for the count
a) to be in a deep sleep
b) if a ↑boxer is out for the count, he has been knocked down for ten seconds or more
8.) ¦(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

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