From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcountcount1 /kaʊnt/ ●●● S2 W3 verb 1 COUNT/CALCULATEfind the total [transitive] (also count up) to calculate the total number of things or people in a group I was amazed at the number of plants – I counted 147.count (up) how many Count up how many ticks are in each box.2 COUNT/CALCULATEsay numbers [intransitive] (also count up) to say numbers in order, one by one or in groupscount to Sarah can count up to five now.count by twos/fives etc It’s quicker to count by tens (=saying 10,20,30 ...).3 LET/ALLOWbe allowed [intransitive, transitive] to be allowed or accepted, or to allow or accept something, according to a standard, set of ideas, or set of rules A linesman had his flag up so the kick did not count.count as Locally produced sales by American firms in Japan do not count as exports. Today’s session is counted as training, so you will get paid.count towards Results from the two rounds count towards championship points.4 INCLUDEinclude [transitive] to include someone or something in a total There are more than two thousand of us, not counting the crew.count somebody/something among something I count Jules and Ady among my closest friends.5 consider something [transitive] to consider someone or something in a particular waycount somebody/something as something I don’t count him as a friend anymore. You should count yourself lucky that you weren’t hurt. 6 IMPORTANTimportant [intransitive not in progressive] to be important or valuable First impressions really do count.count for His promises don’t count for much. His overseas results count for nothing.7 → I/you can count somebody/something on (the fingers of) one hand8 → don’t count your chickens (before they’re hatched)9 → count your blessings10 → be counting (down) the minutes/hours/days11 → count the cost12 → who’s counting?13 → and counting14 → count sheep → stand up and be counted at stand1(5), → it’s the thought that counts at thought2(12) → count somebody in → count on/upon somebody/something → count somebody/something out→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpuscount• Authorities counted 50 traffic deaths over the holiday weekend.• But the man who approached Mitchell in the bathroom was not to be counted among them.• The game teaches children to count and do simple addition and subtraction.• Every minute counts, as buses and more buses pull into place in the line.• So, for example, if wine is being checked, it can be counted by the case or by the bottle.• Most children know how to count by the time they start kindergarten.• These are tiny freedoms, and if a woman enjoys being part of a couple, they should count for nothing.• The computer can count how many words there are in a document you've written.• He hugged the banister, counting its bar-like wooden rods until he reached the turn where it met the wall.• They also count on $ 10 million in tax increment financing via the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.• Counting playoff games, the Warriors have won 8 of the 9 games they've played against Utah.• First impressions do count, so look your best at the interview.• I nodded and counted to a hundred a second time instead.• Shut your eyes, count to twenty, then come and find us.• When Alice arrived home, she counted what she had.count (up) how many• You might be surprised to hear it is difficult to count how many.• Every day I lay there and repeated an exercise of counting how many branches on the tree outside I could make out.• On his fingers George Grindal counted how many of the Chapter in that procession had bald heads naked to the same extent.• I sat down with the Financial Times and tried to count how many people were actually smoking underneath no-smoking signs.• She started to count how many people, who might not confess it in simple language, were relieved MacQuillan had gone.• Tam had taken to counting how many posts were already in, and how many were left to do.• Some count how many software programs are sold.• When you've completed the questionnaire, you will need to count up how many ticks are in each box.count to• Take a deep breath, count to ten and then breathe out.count as• Your sculpture class counts as a Humanities credit.not counting• His preaching was carried on more than 3,000 stations not counting cable.• Here are 763, not counting notes and index.• At the time he was not counting on a schoolteacher to floor him by marrying his only daughter, his only child.• We are not counting on or including in our financial plan anything but baseball.• A 250-bedroom extension to the Excelsior will increase total capacity to 1,576 rooms not counting Skyway's 450 rooms.• About ten thousand people were moved out, not counting the ones who owned small businesses along the edge.• The Church is made up of countable people and there is nothing particularly spiritual in not counting them.count ... lucky• In their grief, they privately counted themselves lucky.• Most of the conservationists counted themselves lucky.• They're expected to be allowed home tomorrow, counting themselves very lucky.• We were preparing television programmes on laboratory work when most teachers counted themselves lucky if there was any chalk available.• Count yourself lucky, Mr Thaw, that people want to stop and look at you.• Meredith counted herself lucky to catch a space in the car park behind the supermarket as some other shopper pulled out.• He counts himself lucky to have avoided being shot.• Some shade trees provide their own winter show, and gardeners should count themselves lucky to have them.count for nothing• If it does not stand as a moral example to the followers of the Church, it counts for nothing.• In the world of trade and realpolitik, it counts for nothing.• Not unexpectedly for our primary participants, what the teachers seem to think counts for nothing.• These are tiny freedoms, and if a woman enjoys being part of a couple, they should count for nothing.• Expertise and experience count for nothing if a fighter isn't mentally prepared before he enters the ring.• All her discoveries seemed to count for nothing if he didn't care.• This weekend's results, of course, will count for nothing in the Olympics.• A stance that helped the poor and promoted growth, it said, counted for nothing without a strong anti-corruption strategy.countcount2 ●●○ noun [countable] 1 totalCOUNT/CALCULATE the process of counting, or the total that you get when you count things Hold your breath for a count of ten.2 measurementAMOUNT a measurement that shows how much of a substance is present in a place, area etc that is being examined The pollen count is high today.3 → lose count4 → keep count5 → on all/several/both etc counts6 → at the last count7 → be out for the count8 SCClaw technical one of the crimes that someone is charged with Davis was found not guilty on all counts.count of theft/burglary/murder etc He was charged with two counts of theft.9 rank/titlePG a European nobleman with a high rankCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + count a rough count (=not exact)I made a rough count of the houses in the street.a quick countAccording to my quick count, there were 15.a head count (=of how many people are present)Make sure you do a head count before the children get back on the bus.a word/page count (=of how many words or pages there are)Your computer can do an automatic word count.a traffic count (=of how many vehicles pass through a place)We went to the main road at 9 am to begin our traffic count.verbsdo/make a countI looked at the report and did a quick page count.
Examples from the Corpuscount• Stretch up gently for 10 counts holding each count for 1 second.• Hold each position for 2 counts.• He faces a count of second-degree murder in the Nov. 10 shooting death of Brad Hansen, also 13.• My cholesterol count was a little high.• We've seen over 65 patients today, but we don't have an exact count.• Ms. Henderson said the final count may exceed 2,000.• Henderson pleaded guilty on one count of drunken driving.• High pollen counts and air conditioners may worsen allergies.• Hold for a slow count of 4.• The scoreboards kept the fans posted as to the ball-and-strike count and the number of outs.• the Count of Monte Cristo• In articulating life as a chameleon on a rocky mirror, Vernadsky committed heresy on two counts.pollen count• It was July and the pollen count was high.• At the start of the season sufferers usually begin to experience problems when the pollen count reaches 50.• When the pollen count is high, keep doors and windows shut and stay inside.count of theft/burglary/murder etc• Mr Atkins was charged on four specimen counts of theft.• Facts: pleaded guilty to three counts of theft and five counts of damaging property.• Street is also charged with two counts of theft.Origin count1 (1300-1400) Old French conter, from Latin computare; → COMPUTE count2 1. (1300-1400) Old French conte, from conter; → COUNT12. (1300-1400) Old French conte, from Latin comes “person you are with, member of the emperor's court”, from com- ( → COM-) + ire “to go”