recount

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verb (1)

re·​count ri-ˈkau̇nt How to pronounce recount (audio)
recounted; recounting; recounts

transitive verb

: to relate in detail : narrate
recounter noun

recount

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verb (2)

re·​count (ˌ)rē-ˈkau̇nt How to pronounce recount (audio)
recounted; recounting; recounts

transitive verb

: to count again

recount

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noun

re·​count ˈrē-ˌkau̇nt How to pronounce recount (audio)
(ˌ)rē-ˈkau̇nt
: a second or fresh count

Examples of recount in a Sentence

Verb (1) a novel that recounted an American soldier's adventures among the samurai warriors of 19th-century Japan Noun The election was very close and the loser demanded a recount.
Recent Examples on the Web
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Justin recounted how his older siblings would try to advise him on how to carry himself in different situations. Ale Russian, Peoplemag, 13 July 2024 Irish, 55, screamed at Williams in the hallway outside of their Straus Houses apartment on June 26, prosecutors recounted. Thomas Tracy, New York Daily News, 11 July 2024 The outlet noted that under state law, ballots must be recounted the same way the election was conducted, which was by a machine. Lauren Irwin, The Hill, 10 July 2024 In the caption, the ‘Chief Dream Officer’ recounted his hustle to give Hardwig the gift of a lifetime. Abigail Wilt, Southern Living, 10 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for recount 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French recunter, from re- + cunter to count, relate — more at count

Verb (2)

re- + count

First Known Use

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1764, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of recount was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Recount.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recount. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

recount

1 of 3 verb
re·​count ri-ˈkau̇nt How to pronounce recount (audio)
: to tell about in detail : narrate
recount an adventure

recount

2 of 3 verb
re·​count (ˈ)rē-ˈkau̇nt How to pronounce recount (audio)
: to count again

recount

3 of 3 noun
re·​count ˈrē-ˌkau̇nt How to pronounce recount (audio)
(ˈ)rē-ˈkau̇nt
: a second or fresh count (as of election votes)
Etymology

Verb

Middle English recounten "to tell about," from early French recunter (same meaning), from re- "again" and cunter "relate, count"

Verb

from English re- (prefix) and count

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