count out


counted out; counting out; counts out

transitive verb

: to not include (someone) in an activity
If you are looking for people to help you clean the house today, count me out.
: to decide that (someone or something) cannot win or succeed
Don't count out our team just yet. They could still win.
: to count (a certain number of items to be separated from a quantity one is holding)
He counted out ten tickets and handed them to her.
: to signal the knockout of (a boxer who is down) by completing an audible count of 10 seconds before the boxer rises

Examples of count out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wild-card bonus: Don’t count out the duo trying out a Blink-182 or Jimmy Eat World cover. Bob Gendron, Chicago Tribune, 8 July 2024 In earlier chapters, his gritty refusal to be counted out was a virtue. Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2024 Research from the University of Tübingen have demonstrated crows are capable of counting out loud up to four, a skill likely attributed to their particularly large forebrain which is typically linked with statistical reasoning. Mack Degeurin, Popular Science, 4 July 2024 Still, Biggs can't be counted out due to outside spending. Geoffrey Skelley, ABC News, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for count out 

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of count out was in 1854

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“Count out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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