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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theycount on
he/she/itcounts on
present participlecounting on
past tensecounted on
past participlecounted on

or count upon

  1. 1
    count on someone to depend on someone to do what you want or expect them to do for you

    The whole team was counting on me, and I let them down.

    count on someone for something:

    You can always count on him for good advice.

    count on someone to do something:

    I knew I could count on you to be on time.

    count on someone doing something:

    I was counting on Jane driving me home.

  2. 2
    count on someone/something to hope or expect that something will happen or that someone will do something

    Tournament directors are counting on good weather.

    count on someone/something doing something:

    We're counting on about 20 people coming to the party.

    She hadn't counted on it raining.

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