count - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    the process of counting how many people or things there are in a group

    After the count, Ellison had 25% of the votes.

    word/head/traffic etc count:

    I did a quick head count and realized Suzie was missing.

    at (the) last count:

    At the last count, 400 people had agreed to join.

    1. a.
      the total number of people or things counted

      My count is 80 – what’s yours?

  2. 2
    the process of saying numbers in order, up to a particular number

    Hold your breath for a count of ten.

  3. 3
    the amount of a substance that is measured as being present in another substance, for example in your blood or in the air
    pollen/sperm/cell etc count:

    My eyes start to water when the pollen count is high.

  4. 4
    legal each crime that someone is charged with

    Manning was jailed on three counts of corruption.

  5. 5


    a nobleman in some European countries, but not in the UK

    the Count of Anjou