count

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."

Primary Meanings of count

1.
vn
determine the number or amount of
the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order
2.
v
have weight; have import, carry weight
3.
v
have faith or confidence in
4.
n
a nobleman (in various countries) having rank equal to a British earl
Full Definitions of count
1

v determine the number or amount of

“Can you count the books on your shelf?”
Count your change”
Synonyms:
enumerate, number, numerate
Types:
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recount
count again
miscount
count wrongly
census
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

v name or recite the numbers in ascending order

“The toddler could count to 100”
Types:
count down
count backwards; before detonating a bomb, for example
Type of:
recite
repeat aloud from memory

v put into a group

“The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members”
Synonyms:
number
Type of:
assort, class, classify, separate, sort, sort out
arrange or order by classes or categories

v include as if by counting

“I can count my colleagues in the opposition”
Type of:
include
consider as part of something

n the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order

“the counting continued for several hours”
Synonyms:
counting, enumeration, numeration, reckoning, tally
Types:
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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
countdown
counting backward from an arbitrary number to indicate the time remaining before some event (such as launching a space vehicle)
miscount
an inaccurate count
poll
the counting of votes (as in an election)
recount
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

n the total number counted

“a blood count
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complement
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
circulation
number of copies of a newspaper or magazine that are sold
circulation
(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:
number
a concept of quantity involving zero and units
2

v have weight; have import, carry weight

Synonyms:
matter, weigh
Types:
press, weigh
to be oppressive or burdensome
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v have a certain value or carry a certain weight

“each answer counts as three points”
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v show consideration for; take into account

Synonyms:
consider, weigh
3

v have faith or confidence in

“you can count on me to help you any time”
Synonyms:
bet, calculate, depend, look, reckon
Type of:
bank, rely, swear, trust
have confidence or faith in

v take account of

Count on the monsoon”
Synonyms:
reckon
Type of:
approximate, estimate, gauge, guess, judge
judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
4

n a nobleman (in various countries) having rank equal to a British earl

Types:
count palatine
a count who exercised royal authority in his own domain
landgrave
a count who had jurisdiction over a large territory in medieval Germany
Type of:
Lord, noble, nobleman
a titled peer of the realm

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