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mis·​count ˌmis-ˈkau̇nt How to pronounce miscount (audio)
miscounted; miscounting

transitive + intransitive

: to make a mistake in counting (something) : to count (something) incorrectly
miscount the number of workers in the office
miscounted in figuring how much change to give


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mis·​count ˈmis-ˌkau̇nt How to pronounce miscount (audio)
plural miscounts
: an incorrect count
a miscount of the votes

Examples of miscount in a Sentence

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Prosecutors also suggested the poker player could have simply miscounted his earnings. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2023 What none of these agencies found, of course, is any sign that election outcomes had been compromised or votes had been miscounted. Chris Mueller, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2023 The report also said Afroman's lawyer miscounted the money when it was being returned to him. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2023 An independent investigation that concluded in February found that officers had miscounted Afroman’s money while bagging it in his home, according to Fox19. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2023 The document also accused the crew of miscounting everyone who had returned from snorkeling. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 4 Mar. 2023 Adams County sheriff’s deputies miscounted money seized from rapper Afroman's home last year, investigators have concluded. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2023 Carey appeared to miscount her steps on her run-up to the vault table, throwing her off. Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2021 Detailed data on weather and emergence patterns might support that idea—or a different hypothesis about why some cicadas miscount the passing years. Ian Graber-Stiehl, Science | AAAS, 1 June 2021
This is the case whether the problem is a faulty electronic voting machine, a grievous miscount of paper ballots, or an attack on an online voting system. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Oct. 2016 And Estonia’s online voting system has never suffered a security breach or produced a miscount. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Oct. 2016 Carney said an investigation would determine how the breach and miscount occurred. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 12 May 2023 If only that was the lone miscount. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 17 Oct. 2020 As for the remaining missing $10, a miscount of the second bag of cash could not be determined based on bodycam footage. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2023 That would mean a recovery of at least 145,000 visas for principal applicants due to a miscount over the years. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 Bolt blamed confusion in the immediate aftermath for the miscount. NBC News, 5 July 2020 David and Erin Clements claimed that the state’s voting tabulators are insecure and miscount votes. Annie Gowen, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1551, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of miscount was in the 14th century

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“Miscount.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscount. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to count incorrectly
miscount noun

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