count·​down | \ ˈkau̇nt-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce countdown (audio) \

Definition of countdown

: an audible backward counting in fixed units (such as seconds) from an arbitrary starting number to mark the time remaining before an event also : preparations carried on during such a count

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count down \ ˈkau̇nt-​ˈdau̇n How to pronounce count down (audio) \ intransitive verb

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Then suddenly the countdown begins over the loudspeakers. Robin Seemangal, Popular Mechanics, "A Workhorse Rocket Maker Tries to Touch the Sun—And Stay Relevant," 16 Aug. 2018 Taylor’s website has the same cotton-candy cloud motif, along with a countdown clock. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Shares Countdown Clock, Sparking New Music Fan Theories," 13 Apr. 2019 Wendy was excited to return to her purple chair on Monday, January 7, even doing a countdown for her viewers. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here's the Tea About Wendy Williams' Return to 'The Wendy Williams Show'," 4 Mar. 2019 For privacy purposes, every member of the group will see a 3-second countdown until the recording starts. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Houseparty adds Facemail, a way to send recorded video chats to friends," 15 Oct. 2018 The countdown is officially on: the spookiest night of the year is quickly approaching. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes of All Time," 9 Oct. 2018 Riverdale returns on October 10, so the countdown is on. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Casey Cott Joked About Archie Dying in "Riverdale" Season 3," 25 Sep. 2018 Answer: January 16, 2019 at 8 P.M. ET Let the countdown begin. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "When Does "Riverdale" Come Back From Its Winter Break?," 13 Dec. 2018 To avoid running over, some companies use a countdown clock. Steven G. Rogelberg, WSJ, "The Science of Better Meetings," 15 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of countdown

circa 1952, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of countdown

: the act of counting down the number of seconds that remain before something (such as the launch of a rocket) happens
: the period of time before an important or special event


count·​down | \ ˈkau̇nt-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce countdown (audio) \

Kids Definition of countdown

: the process of subtracting the time remaining before an event (as the launching of a rocket)

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