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headcountnoun [C]

uk   /ˈhed.kaʊnt/  us   /ˈhed.kaʊnt/
the ​act of ​counting how many ​people are ​present in a ​place: The ​teacher did a ​quick headcount before we all got back on the ​bus.
the ​number of ​people who are in a ​place, at an ​event, or ​employed by a ​company: Times were hard, and the ​company was ​unwilling to ​increase the headcount (= ​employ more ​people).
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headcountnoun [C or U]

(also head count) uk   us   /ˈhedkaʊnt/ informal
the ​number of ​employees in an ​organization or at an ​event or ​place: A thousand ​people have ​left in the last six months, ​bringing the company's headcount down to 3300. The ​student headcount this ​fall was 34,321.cut/reduce/increase the headcount To ​helpstreamline the ​company, the ​boardapprovedproposals to ​reduce the ​head count by 10 ​percentworldwide. The ​company has ​embarked on a ​reorganization that should see its headcount ​fall from 8,200 to 7,000.
do/conduct/take a headcount
to count the ​number of ​people that ​work in an ​organization or are ​present at an ​event or a ​place: After the ​firedrill, ​managers did a headcount to ​confirm that everyone was accounted for.
(Definition of headcount from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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