Sense: 1-8
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: conte, from conter; COUNT1
Sense: 9
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: conte, from Latin comes 'person you are with, member of the emperor's court', from com- ( COM-) + ire 'to go'


2 noun
Related topics: Government
count2 S2 W3 [countable]


the process of counting, or the total that you get when you count things:
Hold your breath for a count of 10.


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.

lose count

to forget a number you were calculating or a total you were trying to count
lose count of
There have been so many accidents here, the police have lost count.

keep count

to keep a record of the changing total of something over a period of time
keep count of
I never manage to keep count of what I spend on my credit card.

on all/several/both etc counts

in every way, in several ways etc:
It was important that they secure a large and widespread audience. They failed on both counts.

at the last count

according to the latest information about a particular situation:
At the last count, I had 15 responses to my letter.

be out for the count

a) to be in a deep sleep
b) DSOMI if a boxer is out for the count, he has been knocked down for ten seconds or more


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.


PG a European nobleman with a high rank

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