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count

verb uk   /kaʊnt/ us  

count verb (NUMBER)

B1 [I or T] to say numbers one after the other in order, or to calculate the number of people or things in a group: Let's count out loud (= speak the words) from one to ten. The teachers counted the students as they got on to the coach. Count your money carefully to make sure it's all there. [+ question word] We need to count who's here, so we can make sure that no one's missing. There'll be eight for dinner, counting (= including) ourselves. We're still waiting for the votes to be counted (up). count heads to count the number of people present somewhere: There look to be about 50 people present - I haven't counted heads yet.

count verb (HAVE VALUE)

B2 [I] to have value or importance: I've always believed that happiness counts more than money. My opinion doesn't count for anything around here (= no one values my opinion).
Synonym

count verb (CONSIDER)

C2 [I or T] to consider or be considered as: I count myself fortunate to have had such a good education. I've had three jobs in the last five years, but one of them was unpaid, so it doesn't count (= cannot be considered as a real job). I've always counted Lucy among my closest friends. I didn't think his grudging remarks really counted as an apology.

count

noun uk   /kaʊnt/ us  

count noun (NUMBER)

C2 [C] the act of counting, or the total number of things counted: Early vote counts show Mr Adams in the lead. We had 450 members at the last count (= when they were last counted). keep count UK to record how many of something there are, or how many times something has happened: I'm trying to lose weight, so I'm keeping count of the number of calories I eat every day. lose count C2 to not be able to remember how many times something has happened: I've lost count of how many times she's been late for work this month. [C] a scientifically measured amount of something: a high pollen count a low blood/sperm count on the count of three, four, five, etc. when a particular number is reached: On the count of three, I'd like you all to stand up.

count noun (RANK)

[C] a European man of the same social rank as an English earl
See also

count noun (CRIME)

[C] specialized law a particular crime that a person is accused of: The prisoner was found guilty on two counts of murder.

count noun (OPINION)

[C] an opinion in a discussion or argument: I'm afraid I disagree with you on all/several counts (= I disagree with all/several of your opinions).
(Definition of count from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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