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(1)   The act of counting
"The counting continued for several hours"
(2)   A nobleman (in various countries) having rank equal to a British earl
(3)   The total number counted
"A blood count"


(4)   Include as if by counting
"I can count my colleagues in the opposition"
(5)   Have faith or confidence in
"You can count on me to help you any time"
"Look to your friends for support"
"You can bet on that!"
"Depend on your family in times of crisis"
(6)   Name or recite the numbers
"The toddler could count to 100"
(7)   Determine the number or amount of
"Can you count the books on your shelf?"
"Count your change"
(8)   Show consideration for; take into account
"You must consider her age"
"The judge considered the offender's youth and was lenient"
(9)   Have weight; have import, carry weight
"It does not matter much"
(10)   Put into a group
"The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members"

Etymology 1

From counten from counter, conter from from , present active infinitive of . Displaced native tellen "to count" (from tellan) and rimen "to count, enumerate" (from rīman).


  1. The act of counting or tallying a quantity.
  2. The result of a tally that reveals the number of items in a set; a quantity counted.
  3. A countdown.
  4. A charge of misconduct brought in a legal proceeding.
  5. The number of balls and strikes, respectively, on a batter's in-progress plate appearance.
    He has a 3-2 count with the bases loaded.


  1. To enumerate the digits of one's numeral system.
    Can you count to a hundred?
  2. To determine the number (of objects in a group).
    There are three apples; count them.
  3. To be of significance; to matter.
    Your views don't count here.
  4. To be an example of something.
    Apples count as a type of fruit.
  5. To consider something an example of something.
    I count apples as a type of fruit.


  1. The male ruler of a county; also known as an earl, especially in England. The female equivalent is countess.