Definition of count noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kaʊnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kaʊnt//
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  1. 1[usually singular] an act of counting to find the total number of something; the total number that you find The bus driver did a quick count of the empty seats. If the election result is close, there will be a second count. The body count (= the total number of people who have died) stands at 24. see also headcount
  2. saying numbers
  3. 2[usually singular] an act of saying numbers in order beginning with 1 Raise your leg and hold for a count of ten. He was knocked to the ground and stayed down for a count of eight (= in boxing). On the count of three, take one step forward.
  4. measurement
  5. 3[usually singular] (specialist) a measurement of the amount of something contained in a particular substance or area a raised white blood cell count see also blood count, pollen count
  6. crime
  7. 4(law) a crime that somebody is accused of committing They were found guilty on all counts. She appeared in court on three counts of fraud.
  8. in discussion/argument
  9. 5[usually plural] a point made during a discussion or an argument I disagree with you on both counts.
  10. rank/title
  11. 6 (in some European countries) a nobleman of high rank, similar to an earl in Britain Count Tolstoy see also countess
  12. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 5 Middle English (as a noun): from Old French counte (noun), counter (verb), from the verb computare ‘calculate’, from com- ‘together’ + putare ‘to settle (an account)’. noun sense 6 late Middle English: from Old French conte, from Latin comes, comit- ‘companion, overseer, attendant’ (in late Latin ‘person holding a state office’), from com- ‘together with’ + it- ‘gone’ (from the verb ire ‘go’).Extra examples Her white cell count has gone down again. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard that joke. Our daily count of Web traffic tells us many people are visiting our site. Raise your leg and hold it there for a count of ten. The company now has a head count of around 70 staff. The movie depends on good dialogue rather than violence and a high body count. The movie has a high body count. The pollen count is very high in the spring. The vote count should be repeated. We did a quick count of the children and there were none missing. an abnormally high white blood cell count to be charged with two counts of murder At last count she had 43 cats! Hay fever sufferers should check the pollen count every day. He was knocked to the ground and stayed down for a count of eight. The body count stands at 24. Your blood count is normal.Idioms according to the latest information about the numbers of something She'd applied for 30 jobs at the last count.
    keep (a) count (of something)
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    to remember or keep a record of numbers or amounts of something over a period of time Keep a count of your calorie intake for one week.
    lose count (of something)
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    to forget the total of something before you have finished counting it I lost count and had to start again. She had lost count of the number of times she'd told him to be careful (= she could not remember because there were so many).
      out for the count (British English) (North American English down for the count)
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    1. 1(of a boxer) unable to get up again within ten seconds after being knocked down
    2. 2in a deep sleep
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: count