What does count mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. countnoun

    the total number counted

    "a blood count"

  2. count, counting, numeration, enumeration, reckoning, tallynoun

    the act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order

    "the counting continued for several hours"

  3. countverb

    a nobleman (in various countries) having rank equal to a British earl

  4. count, number, enumerate, numerateverb

    determine the number or amount of

    "Can you count the books on your shelf?"; "Count your change"

  5. count, matter, weighverb

    have weight; have import, carry weight

    "It does not matter much"

  6. consider, count, weighverb

    show consideration for; take into account

    "You must consider her age"; "The judge considered the offender's youth and was lenient"

  7. countverb

    name or recite the numbers in ascending order

    "The toddler could count to 100"

  8. count, numberverb

    put into a group

    "The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members"

  9. countverb

    include as if by counting

    "I can count my colleagues in the opposition"

  10. countverb

    have a certain value or carry a certain weight

    "each answer counts as three points"

  11. count, bet, depend, look, calculate, reckonverb

    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"

  12. reckon, countverb

    take account of

    "You have to reckon with our opponents"; "Count on the monsoon"


  1. countnoun

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

  2. Etymology: From counten, from conter, from conter, from computare, present active infinitive of computo. Displaced native tellen (from tellan) and rimen (from riman).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Countnoun

    Etymology: compte, French; computus, Latin.

    That we up to your palaces may mount,
    Of blessed saints for to increase the count. Edmund Spenser, Epithal.

    By my count,
    I was your mother much upon these years. William Shakespeare, Ro. and Jul.

    Since I saw you last,
    There is a change upon you.
    ———— Well, I know not
    What counts hard fortune casts upon my face. William Shakespeare.

  2. Countnoun

    A title of foreign nobility; an earl.

    Etymology: compte, French; computus, Latin.

  3. To COUNTverb

    Etymology: compter, Fr. computare, Latin.

    Here through this grate I can count every one,
    And view the Frenchmen. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. i.

    The vicious count their years; virtuous, their acts. Johns.

    For the preferments of the world, he that would reckon up all the accidents that they depend upon, may as well undertake to count the sands, or to sum up infinity. Robert South, Sermons.

    When men in sickness ling’ring lie,
    They count the tedious hours by months and years. Dryden.

    Argos now rejoice, for Thebes lies low;
    Thy slaughter’d sons now smile, and think they won,
    When they can count more Theban ghosts than theirs. Dryd.

    Some people in America counted their years by the coming of certain birds amongst them at their certain seasons, and leaving them at others. John Locke.

    He believed in the Lord, and he counted it to him for righteousness. Gen. xv. 6.

    Not barely the plowman’s pains is to be counted into the bread we eat; the labour of those who broke the oxen, must all be charged on the account of labour. John Locke.

    When once it comprehendeth any thing above this, as the differences of time, affirmations, negations, and contradictions in speech, we then count it to have some use of natural reason. Richard Hooker, b. i. sect. 6.

    Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial. 1 Sam. i.

    Nor shall I count it heinous to enjoy
    The publick marks of honour and reward
    Conferr’d upon me. John Milton, Agonist. l. 991.

    You would not wish to count this man a foe!
    In friendship, and in hatred, obstinate. Ambrose Philips, Briton.

    All th’ impossibilities, which poets
    Count to extravagance of loose description,
    Shall sooner be. Nicholas Rowe, Ambitious Step-mother.

  4. To Countverb

    To found an account or scheme: with upon.

    I think it a great errour to count upon the genius of a nation as a standing argument in all ages. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Count

    Count (feminine: countess) is a historical title of nobility in certain European countries, varying in relative status, generally of middling rank in the hierarchy of nobility. Especially in earlier medieval periods the term often implied not only a certain status, but also that the count had specific responsibilities or offices. The etymologically related English term "county" denoted the territories associated with some countships, but not all. Although the term count was not generally used in England, after the 1066 conquest by the Normans, the European term "count" was the normal translation used for the English title of "earl", and the wives of earls are still referred to as countesses.


  1. count

    A count refers to a numerical value that represents the total number or quantity of something. It is a method of quantifying or enumerating items, individuals, or occurrences. Counts can be used to measure, track, or compare different entities or phenomena.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Countverb

    to tell or name one by one, or by groups, for the purpose of ascertaining the whole number of units in a collection; to number; to enumerate; to compute; to reckon

  2. Countverb

    to place to an account; to ascribe or impute; to consider or esteem as belonging

  3. Countverb

    to esteem; to account; to reckon; to think, judge, or consider

  4. Countverb

    to number or be counted; to possess value or carry weight; hence, to increase or add to the strength or influence of some party or interest; as, every vote counts; accidents count for nothing

  5. Countverb

    to reckon; to rely; to depend; -- with on or upon

  6. Countverb

    to take account or note; -- with

  7. Countverb

    to plead orally; to argue a matter in court; to recite a count

  8. Countverb

    the act of numbering; reckoning; also, the number ascertained by counting

  9. Countverb

    an object of interest or account; value; estimation

  10. Countverb

    a formal statement of the plaintiff's case in court; in a more technical and correct sense, a particular allegation or charge in a declaration or indictment, separately setting forth the cause of action or prosecution

  11. Countnoun

    a nobleman on the continent of Europe, equal in rank to an English earl

  12. Etymology: [F. conte, fr. L. comes, comitis, associate, companion, one of the imperial court or train, properly, one who goes with another; com- + ire to go, akin to Skr. i to go.]


  1. Count

    Count or Countess is a title in European countries for a noble of varying status, but historically deemed to convey an approximate rank intermediate between the highest and lowest titles of nobility. The word count came into English from the French comte, itself from Latin comes—in its accusative comitem—meaning "companion", and later "companion of the emperor, delegate of the emperor". The adjective form of the word is "comital". The British and Irish equivalent is an earl. Alternative names for the "Count" rank in the nobility structure are used in other countries, such as Graf in Germany and Hakushaku during the Japanese Imperial era.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Count

    kownt, n. on the Continent, a title of nobility equal in rank to an English earl:—fem. Count′ess, the wife of a count or earl (fem. of earl).—ns. Count′ship, a count's dignity or domain (also used as a title); Coun′ty, a portion of a country separated for the administration of justice: a shire; Coun′ty-fam′ily, a family of the nobility or gentry (Coun′ty-people), with estates and a seat in the county. [O. Fr. conte—L. comes, comitis, a companion, con, with, īre, itum, to go.]

  2. Count

    kownt, v.t. to number, sum up: to ascribe: esteem: consider.—v.i. to add to or increase a number by being counted to it: to depend.—n. act of numbering: the number counted: a particular charge in an indictment.—adj. Count′able, capable of being counted.—ns. Count′er, he who or that which counts: that which indicates a number: a piece of metal, &c., used in reckoning: a table on which money is counted or goods laid; Count′ing-house, Count′ing-room, the house or room in which merchants keep their accounts and transact business.—adj. Count′less, that cannot be counted: innumerable.—n. Count′-wheel, a wheel with notched edge controlling the stroke of a clock in sounding the hours. [O. Fr. cunter (Fr. compter)—L. computāre.]

Editors Contribution

  1. count

    To calculate an accurate and specific number.

    The machine can count the number of items through the use of specific software.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 29, 2020  

  2. count

    To use the mind to create mathematical calculations.

    We have all been taught to count using the ability of our mind.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 29, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. COUNT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Count is ranked #81181 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Count surname appeared 233 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Count.

    81.5% or 190 total occurrences were White.
    11.5% or 27 total occurrences were Black.
    3.8% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'count' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4384

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'count' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1876

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'count' in Nouns Frequency: #1325

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'count' in Verbs Frequency: #405

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of count in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of count in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of count in a Sentence

  1. Jake Peavy:

    I was happy with the way the season played out, i wanted the team to be able to count on me for a quality start every time I went out there down the stretch. And I think I did that.

  2. Marion Roos-Weis:

    I'm sure Marion Roos-Weis would be very, very frustrated to know Marion Roos-Weis vote is not going to count now, it might have motivated her to hang in there a little longer if she had known.

  3. Jessica Levinson:

    The longer he has this conversation, the worse it is for an accurate census count.

  4. Giannis Antetokounmpo:

    When I came to the league that was the first thing I ate. Because when I was Giannis Antetokounmpo -LRB- 34 -RRB-, I was always craving them and I could never afford them. People are gon na spend money on cars and chains and I bought Oreos, i ate them for like a month straight, so I got sick of them, right ? TIMBERWOLVES' ANTHONY EDWARDS THROWS DOWN INCREDIBLE DUNK -- BUT IT DOES N'T COUNT Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo( 34) is fouled by Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in Milwaukee. ( AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps).

  5. Susan Clayton:

    Feeling connected to people and knowing Janet Swim can count on them matters.

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    a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
    • A. impounding
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