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verb \ˈkau̇nt, dial ˈkyau̇nt\

Simple Definition of count

  • : to add (people or things) together to find the total number

  • : to say numbers in order

  • : to include (someone or something) in a total

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of count

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to indicate or name by units or groups so as to find the total number of units involved :  number b :  to name the numbers in order up to and including <count ten> c :  to include in a tallying and reckoning <about 100 present, counting children> d :  to call aloud (beats or time units) <count cadence> <count eighth notes>

  3. 2 a :  consider, account <count oneself lucky> b :  to record as of an opinion or persuasion <count me as uncommitted>

  4. 3 :  to include or exclude by or as if by counting <count me in>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to recite or indicate the numbers in order by units or groups <count by fives> b :  to count the units in a group

  7. 2 :  to rely or depend on someone or something —used with on <counted on his parents to help with the expenses>

  8. 3 :  add, total <it counts up to a sizable amount>

  9. 4 a :  to have value or significance <these are the people who really count> <his opinions don't count for much> b :  to deserve to be regarded or considered <a job so easy it hardly counts as work>

and counting
  1. :  with more to come <in business for 50 years and counting>

count heads or count noses
  1. :  to count the number present

count on
  1. :  to look forward to as certain :  anticipate <counted on winning>

Examples of count in a sentence

  1. Count the plates on the table.

  2. She made sure to count her change.

  3. Count how many fingers I am holding up.

  4. He counted seven deer in the field.

  5. There are 10 days left until the end of school, counting from today.

  6. Keep counting until there are no more left to count.

  7. Don't interrupt me. I'm counting.

  8. Can your daughter count yet?

  9. There will be 150 people at the wedding, not counting children.

Origin of count

Middle English, from Anglo-French cunter, counter, from Latin computare, from com- + putare to consider

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with count




Definition of count

  1. 1 a :  the action or process of counting b :  a total obtained by counting :  tally

  2. 2 archaic a :  reckoning, account b :  consideration, estimation

  3. 3 a :  allegation, charge; specifically :  one separately stating the cause of action or prosecution in a legal declaration or indictment <guilty on all counts> b :  a specific point under consideration :  issue

  4. 4 :  the total number of individual things in a given unit or sample obtained by counting all or a subsample of them <bacteria count>

  5. 5 a :  the calling off of the seconds from one to ten when a boxer has been knocked down b :  the number of balls and strikes charged to a baseball batter during one turn <the count stood at 3 and 2> c :  score <tied the count with a minute to play>

  6. 6 a :  a measurement of the thickness or fineness of yarn by determining the number of hanks or yards per pound it produces b :  the number of threads per square inch in a cloth

14th Century

First Known Use of count

14th century

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms




Definition of count

  1. :  a European nobleman whose rank corresponds to that of a British earl

Origin of count

Middle English, from Anglo-French cunte, from Late Latin comit-, comes, from Latin, companion, one of the imperial court, from com- + ire to go — more at issue

First Known Use: 15th century

Other Foreign Functionary Terms

COUNT Defined for Kids



verb \ˈkau̇nt\

Definition of count for Students


  1. 1 :  to add one by one in order to find the total number <Count the apples in the box.>

  2. 2 :  to name the numbers one by one, by groups, or in order up to a particular point <Hide before I count ten.> <Count to 100 by fives.>

  3. 3 :  to include in thinking about <Don't count Sunday as a work day.>

  4. 4 :  to have value, force, or importance <Every vote counts.>

  5. 5 :  to consider or judge to be <I count myself lucky.>

count on
  1. 1 :  to rely or depend on (someone) to do something <I'm counting on you to help me out.>

  2. 2 :  to expect (something) to happen <I wouldn't count on the test being postponed.>




Definition of count for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or process of naming numbers or adding one by one

  2. 2 :  a total arrived at by adding <a vote count>

  3. 3 :  any one crime that a person is charged with <She is guilty on all counts.>




Definition of count for Students

  1. :  a European nobleman whose rank is like that of a British earl

Law Dictionary



Legal Definition of count

  1. :  charge; specifically :  a charge (as in a complaint or indictment) that separately states a cause of action or esp. offense <guilty on all counts>

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