VerbCount the plates on the table.
She made sure to count her change. Count how many fingers I am holding up.
He counted seven deer in the field.
There are 10 days left until the end of school, counting from today.
Keep counting until there are no more left to count.
Don't interrupt me. I'm counting.
Can your daughter count yet?
There will be 150 people at the wedding, not counting children. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Procedural rules have never been adopted, and so decisions must be reached by consensus, though what counts as consensus is also disputed.—Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 25 Nov. 2023 While Nikki Garcia enjoyed quality time with her family on Thanksgiving, the Twin Love cohost counted her blessings on social media.—Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 25 Nov. 2023 Kim Crystal, 52, who lives a few blocks away from the checkers club, joined more than a year ago and counts herself as its first new member since the relocation.—Ian Shapira, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 Well, count your lucky stars, because that's exactly what Love Island Australia's Tyra Johannes had to do.—Alexandra Koster, refinery29.com, 23 Nov. 2023 Any offsetting can only be counted once for the nation or business purchasing the credit.—Nidhi Sharma, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2023 Beyond the migrant crisis, the city is facing major budget challenges, including the end of federal pandemic aid and the costs of new labor contracts approved by Mr. Adams, who counts unions among his closest allies.—Emma G. Fitzsimmons, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2023 In the context of front-running, a big future transaction in a company’s stock can count as material.—Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, 21 Nov. 2023 The Pentagon counts more than five dozen such attacks since then.—Matt Seyler, ABC News, 21 Nov. 2023
In court, he was charged as an adult with four counts of aggravated murder.—Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2023 The Royal Luxe duvet has a plush feather down filling and 240-thread count for the softest cover to wrap up in at the end of the day.—Kayla Kitts, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 If convicted on all eight of his counts, Thug faces decades in prison.—Jewel Wicker, Billboard, 27 Nov. 2023 Instead of facing a murder charge, Carpenter pleaded guilty to one count of child endangerment.—Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2023 An arrest warrant had been issued for Clark on three counts of first-degree murder, according to the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office.—Marilyn Heck, ABC News, 21 Nov. 2023 The judge said there was enough evidence for Rocky to face the two felony counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm.—Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork, 21 Nov. 2023 In the spring of 2011, a grand jury in Alexandria indicted Carr on six felony counts, including involuntary manslaughter and child abuse, related to Eric’s death.—Amy Brittain, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 Altogether, by his count, there had been 19 such cases, and nearly two dozen witnesses had already filled him in on the government’s darkest secret.—WIRED, 14 Nov. 2023 See More
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Verb and Noun (1)
Middle English, from Anglo-French cunter, counter, from Latin computare, from com- + putare to consider
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 entry 1
: the number of balls and strikes charged to a baseball batter during one turn
3 of 3noun
: a European nobleman whose rank is equal to that of a British earl
Middle English counten "to add one by one," from early French counter (same meaning), derived from Latin computare "to count, compute" — related to account, compute
from early French cunte "nobleman," derived from Latin comes "companion, member of a royal court," literally, "one who goes with another," from com- "with" and -es, a form of ire "to go" — related to county, itinerary