Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French cunter, counter, from Latin computare, from com- + putare to consider
Date: 14th century
a. to indicate or name by units or groups so as to find the total number of units involved ; number
b. to name the numbers in order up to and including <count ten> c. to include in a tallying and reckoning <about 100 present, counting children> d. to call aloud (beats or time units) <count cadence> <count eighth notes> 2. a. consider, account <count oneself lucky> b. to record as of an opinion or persuasion <count me as uncommitted> 3. to include or exclude by or as if by counting <count me in> intransitive verb 1. a. to recite or indicate the numbers in order by units or groups <count by fives> b. to count the units in a group 2. to rely or depend on someone or something — used with on <counted on his parents to help with the expenses> 3. add, total <it counts up to a sizable amount> 4. a. to have value or significance <these are the people who really count> <his opinions don't count for much> b. to deserve to be regarded or considered <a job so easy it hardly counts as work> II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. the action or process of counting b. a total obtained by counting ; tally 2. archaic a. reckoning, account b. consideration, estimation 3. a. allegation, charge; specifically one separately stating the cause of action or prosecution in a legal declaration or indictment <guilty on all counts> b. a specific point under consideration ; issue 4. the total number of individual things in a given unit or sample obtained by counting all or a subsample of them <bacteria count> 5. a. the calling off of the seconds from one to ten when a boxer has been knocked down b. the number of balls and strikes charged to a baseball batter during one turn <the count stood at 3 and 2> c. score <tied the count with a minute to play> 6. a. a measurement of the thickness or fineness of yarn by determining the number of hanks or yards per pound it produces b. the number of threads per square inch in a cloth III. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French cunte, from Late Latin comit-, comes, from Latin, companion, one of the imperial court, from com- + ire to go — more at issue Date: 15th century a European nobleman whose rank corresponds to that of a British earl
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.