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count 1

v. count·ed, count·ing, counts
a. To name or list (the units of a group or collection) one by one in order to determine a total; number.
b. To recite numerals in ascending order up to and including: count three before firing.
c. To include in a reckoning; take account of: ten dogs, counting the puppies.
2. Informal
a. To include by or as if by counting: Count me in.
b. To exclude by or as if by counting: Count me out.
3. To believe or consider to be; deem: Count yourself lucky.
1. To recite or list numbers in order or enumerate items by units or groups: counted by tens.
a. To have importance: You really count with me.
b. To have a specified importance or value: Their opinions count for little. Each basket counts for two points.
3. Music To keep time by counting beats.
1. The act of counting or calculating.
a. A number reached by counting.
b. The totality of specific items in a particular sample: a white blood cell count.
3. Law Any of the separate and distinct charges or causes of action in an indictment or complaint.
4. Sports The counting from one to ten seconds, during which time a boxer who has been knocked down must rise or be declared the loser.
5. Baseball The number of balls and strikes that an umpire has called against a batter.
Phrasal Verbs:
count down
To recite numerals in descending order, as during a countdown.
count off
To recite numbers in turn, as when dividing people or things into groups : The 24 children counted off by twos, forming a dozen pairs.
count on
1. To rely on; depend on: You can count on my help.
2. To be confident of; anticipate: counted on getting a raise.
count out
To declare (a boxer) to have been knocked out by calling out the count.
count heads/noses
To make a count of members, attendees, or participants.

[Middle English counten, from Old French conter, from Latin computāre, to calculate : com-, com- + putāre, to think; see pau- in Indo-European roots.]

count 2

1. A nobleman in some European countries.
2. Used as a title for such a nobleman.

[Middle English counte, from Old French conte, from Late Latin comes, comit-, occupant of any state office, from Latin, companion; see ei- in Indo-European roots.]
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count on

(intr, preposition) to rely or depend on
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Verb1.count on - judge to be probable
pass judgment, evaluate, judge - form a critical opinion of; "I cannot judge some works of modern art"; "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"
take into account, allow - allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something; "I allow for this possibility"; "The seamstress planned for 5% shrinkage after the first wash"
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1. To note (items) one by one so as to get a total:
2. To be of significance or importance:
3. To indicate (time or rhythm), as with repeated gestures or sounds:
Idioms: keep time , mark time.
phrasal verb
count on or upon
1. To place trust or confidence in:
bank on (or upon), believe in, depend on (or upon), reckon on (or upon), rely on (or upon), trust (in).
2. To look forward to confidently:
anticipate, await, bargain for (or on), depend on (or upon), expect, look for, wait (for).
Informal: figure on.
phrasal verb
count out
To keep from being admitted, included, or considered:
A noting of items one by one:
Archaic: tale.
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يَعْتَمِدُ عَلَىيَعتَمِـد على
počítat spočítat s někým/něčímspoléhat se
stole på
luottaa johonkin
računati na
treysta á
räkna med
güvenmekitimat etmek
trông cậy

w>count on

vi +prep obj (= depend on)rechnen mit, sich verlassen auf (+acc); to count on doing somethingdie Absicht haben, etw zu tun; to count on being able to do somethingdamit rechnen, etw tun zu können; you can count on him to help youdu kannst auf seine Hilfe zählen
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(kaunt) verb
1. to name the numbers up to. Count (up to) ten.
2. to calculate using numbers. Count (up) the number of pages; Count how many people there are; There were six people present, not counting the chairman.
3. to be important or have an effect or value. What he says doesn't count; All these essays count towards my final mark.
4. to consider. Count yourself lucky to be here.
1. an act of numbering. They took a count of how many people attended.
2. a charge brought against a prisoner etc. She faces three counts of theft.
see countable.
ˈcountable adjective
1. capable of being numbered. Millionths of a second are countable only on very complicated instruments.
2. (negative uncountable. also count) (of a noun) capable of forming a plural and using the definite or indefinite article: Table is a count(able) noun, but milk is an uncountable noun.
ˈcounter noun
a token used in numbering or playing certain games; counters for playing ludo etc.
ˈcountless adjective
very many. Countless pebbles.
ˈcountdown noun
(used originally of a rocket) a counting backwards to check the time remaining until the beginning of an event, regarded as zero. It's five minutes to countdown.
count on
to rely on (a person or happening). I'm counting on you to persuade her.
out for the count
1. (of a boxer) still not standing after the count of ten.
2. exhausted; asleep. He was out for the count for several hours after his long walk.
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count on

يَعْتَمِدُ عَلَى počítat s někým/něčím stole på zählen auf βασίζομαι σε contar con luottaa johonkin compter sur računati na contare su ・・・に頼る 의지하다 rekenen op regne med liczyć na contar com рассчитывать на räkna med พึ่งพาได้ güvenmek trông cậy 依靠
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