- 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.]
- 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.]
- 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