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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Count
  1. To tell or name one by one, or by groups, for the purpose of ascertaining the whole number of units in a collection; to number; to enumerate; to compute; to reckon."Who can count the dust of Jacob?" [Num. xxiii. 10.]"In a journey of forty miles, Avaux counted only three miserable cabins." [Macaulay.]
  2. To place to an account; to ascribe or impute; to consider or esteem as belonging."Abracham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness." [Rom. iv. 3.]
  3. To esteem; to account; to reckon; to think, judge, or consider."I count myself in nothing else so happy As in a soul remembering my good friends." [Shak.]
    synonyms: To calculate; number; reckon; compute; enumerate. See Calculate.

Etymology: OF. conter, and later (etymological spellingcompter, in modern French thus distinguished; conter to relate (cf. Recount Account), compter to count; fr. L. computuare to reckon, compute; com- + putare to reckon, settle, order, prune, orig., to clean. See Pure, and cf. Compute

verb Count
  1. To number or be counted; to possess value or carry weight; hence, to increase or add to the strength or influence of some party or interest; as, every vote counts; accidents count for nothing."This excellent man . . . counted among the best and wisest of English statesmen." [J. A. Symonds.]
  2. To reckon; to rely; to depend; -- with on or upon."He was brewer to the palace; and it was apprehended that the government counted on his voice." [Macaulay.]"I think it a great error to count upon the genius of a nation as a standing argument in all ages." [Swift.]
  3. To take account or note; -- with of(Obs)"No man countsof her beauty." [Shak.]
  4. [Eng. Law] To plead orally; to argue a matter in court; to recite a count.
noun Count
  1. The act of numbering; reckoning; also, the number ascertained by counting."Of blessed saints for to increase the count." [Spenser.]"By this count, I shall be much in years." [Shak.]
  2. An object of interest or account; value; estimation.(Obs)"All his care and count." [Spenser.]
  3. [Law] A formal statement of the plaintiff's case in court; in a more technical and correct sense, a particular allegation or charge in a declaration or indictment, separately setting forth the cause of action or prosecution.

Note: ☞ In the old law books, count was used synonymously with declaration. When the plaintiff has but a single cause of action, and makes but one statement of it, that statement is called indifferently count or declaration, most generally, however, the latter. But where the suit embraces several causes, or the plaintiff makes several different statements of the same cause of action, each statement is called a count, and all of them combined, a declaration.

Etymology: F. conte and compte, with different meanings, fr. L. computus a computation, fr. computare. See Count (v. t.)

noun Count
A nobleman on the continent of Europe, equal in rank to an English earl.

Note: ☞ Though the tittle Count has never been introduced into Britain, the wives of Earls have, from the earliest period of its history, been designated as Countesses.

Etymology: F. conte, fr. L. comes comitis, associate, companion, one of the imperial court or train, properly, one who goes with another; com- + ire to go, akin to Skr. i to go

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order ("the counting continued for several hours")
  2. A nobleman (in various countries) having rank equal to a British earl
  3. The total number counted ("a blood count")
  4. Include as if by counting ("I can count my colleagues in the opposition")
  5. Take account of ("Count on the monsoon")
  6. Have faith or confidence in ("you can count on me to help you any time")
  7. Name or recite the numbers in ascending order ("The toddler could count to 100")
  8. Determine the number or amount of ("Can you count the books on your shelf?" and "Count your change")
  9. Show consideration for; take into account
  10. Have weight; have import, carry weight
  11. Put into a group ("The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members")
  12. Have a certain value or carry a certain weight ("each answer counts as three points")

From Middle English counten, a borrowing from Anglo-Norman conter, from Old French conter (“add up; tell a story”), from Latin computare, present active infinitive of computō (“I compute”). Displaced native Middle English tellen (“to count”) (from Old English tellan) and Middle English rimen (“to count, enumerate”) (from Old English rīman).

  1. The act of counting or tallying a quantity.
    Give the chairs a quick to check if we have enough.
  2. The result of a tally that reveals the number of items in a set; a quantity counted.
  3. A countdown.
  4. (law) A charge of misconduct brought in a legal proceeding.
  5. (baseball) The number of balls and strikes, respectively, on a batter's in-progress plate appearance.
    He has a 3-2 with the bases loaded.
  6. (obsolete) An object of interest or account; value; estimation.

Borrowing from Anglo-Norman conte and Old French comte (“count”), from Latin comes (“companion”) (more specifically derived from its accusative form comitem) in the sense of "noble fighting alongside the king".

  1. The male ruler of a county.
  2. A nobleman holding a rank intermediate between dukes and barons.

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    Count Basie was a jazz, swing music, big band, and piano blues musician, bandleader, and composer. He plays Piano and Organ (music). His career lasted from 1924 to 1984. Count was given the name William James Basie on August 21st, 1904 in Red Bank, New Jersey, United States. He breathed his last breath on April 26th, 1984.


    Count was born as the child of Heinrich von Coudenhove-Kalergi and Mitsuko Aoyama on November 16th, 1894 in Tokyo. He left this life on July 27th, 1972.


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    Count was born on August 10th, 1810 in Turin. He passed away on June 6th, 1861.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Count

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    Count was a poland. Count was born in 1776. He passed away on November 30th, 1855.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Count U.S.
      White 81.55% 64.26%
      African American 11.59% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.86% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Count

    People with the last name Count are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Count

    • How Popular is the name Count? Count is the 84,453rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Count was the 81,181st most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Count have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Count in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Count? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1956 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Count first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Count is Thursday, August 9th, 1877.
    • What year had the most people named Count born? The highest recorded use of the first name Count was in 1956 with a total of 5 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Count: Your name in reverse order is Tnuoc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cotun. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Count? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 233 people with the last name Count.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Count? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Count as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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