Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

count on

 - definition
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
Close
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 meal.

    She hadn't counted on it raining.

See also main entry: count

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog