Other forms: counted; counting; counts

To count is to calculate how many or how much of something there is. A first grade teacher might stop and count her students before they board a bus after a field trip.

You can count your money, adding up the dollars and quarters, or count the calories in the food you eat each day. When your cat has kittens, you might count them and announce, "Seven kittens!" Another way to count is to list the numbers in order: "One, two, three, four..." When count is a noun, it refers to the title of a nobleman. This meaning comes from the Latin comes, "companion," or specifically "companion to the emperor."

Definitions of count
  1. verb
    determine the number or amount of
    “Can you count the books on your shelf?”
    Count your change”
    synonyms: enumerate, number, numerate
    see moresee less
    show 4 types...
    hide 4 types...
    count again
    count wrongly
    conduct a census
    add, add together, add up, sum, sum up, summate, tally, tot, tot up, total, tote up
    determine the sum of
    type of:
    ascertain, determine, find, find out
    establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
  2. verb
    name or recite the numbers in ascending order
    “The toddler could count to 100”
    see moresee less
    count down
    count backwards; before detonating a bomb, for example
    type of:
    repeat aloud from memory
  3. verb
    put into a group
    “The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members”
    synonyms: number
    see moresee less
    type of:
    assort, class, classify, separate, sort, sort out
    arrange or order by classes or categories
  4. verb
    include as if by counting
    “I can count my colleagues in the opposition”
    see moresee less
    type of:
    consider as part of something
  5. noun
    the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order
    “the counting continued for several hours”
    synonyms: counting, enumeration, numeration, reckoning, tally
    see moresee less
    show 9 types...
    hide 9 types...
    blood count
    the act of estimating the number of red and white corpuscles in a blood sample
    census, nose count, nosecount
    a periodic count of the population
    counting backward from an arbitrary number to indicate the time remaining before some event (such as launching a space vehicle)
    an inaccurate count
    the counting of votes (as in an election)
    an additional (usually a second) count; especially of the votes in a close election
    sperm count
    the act of estimating the number of spermatozoa in an ejaculate
    CBC, blood profile, complete blood count
    counting the number of white and red blood cells and the number of platelets in 1 cubic millimeter of blood
    differential blood count
    counting the number of specific types of white blood cells found in 1 cubic millimeter of blood; may be included as part of a complete blood count
    type of:
    investigating, investigation
    the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
  6. noun
    the total number counted
    “a blood count
    see moresee less
    show 8 types...
    hide 8 types...
    a complete number or quantity
    blood count
    the number of red and white corpuscles in a blood sample
    body count
    a count of troops killed in an operation or time period
    number of copies of a newspaper or magazine that are sold
    (library science) the count of books that are loaned by a library over a specified period
    head count, headcount
    number of people in a particular group
    pollen count
    the number of pollen grains (usually ragweed) in a standard volume of air over a twenty-four hour period and a specified time and place
    sperm count
    the number of sperm in an ejaculate
    type of:
    a concept of quantity involving zero and units
  7. verb
    have weight; have import, carry weight
    synonyms: matter, weigh
    see moresee less
    press, weigh
    to be oppressive or burdensome
    type of:
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  8. verb
    have a certain value or carry a certain weight
    “each answer counts as three points”
    see moresee less
    type of:
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  9. verb
    show consideration for; take into account
    synonyms: consider, weigh
  10. verb
    have faith or confidence in
    “you can count on me to help you any time”
    synonyms: bet, calculate, depend, look, reckon
    see moresee less
    type of:
    bank, rely, swear, trust
    have confidence or faith in
  11. verb
    take account of
    Count on the monsoon”
    synonyms: reckon
    see moresee less
    type of:
    approximate, estimate, gauge, guess, judge
    judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
  12. noun
    a nobleman (in various countries) having rank equal to a British earl
    see moresee less
    count palatine
    a count who exercised royal authority in his own domain
    a count who had jurisdiction over a large territory in medieval Germany
    type of:
    Lord, noble, nobleman
    a titled peer of the realm




Cite this entry
  • MLA
  • APA
  • Chicago

Copy citation
DISCLAIMER: These example sentences appear in various news sources and books to reflect the usage of the word ‘count'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of or its editors. Send us feedback
Word Family

Look up count for the last time

Close your vocabulary gaps with personalized learning that focuses on teaching the words you need to know.

VocabTrainer -'s Vocabulary Trainer