count noun

1 act of counting

VERB + COUNT do, have We did a quick count of the children and there were none missing.

PREP. for a ~ Raise your leg and hold it there for a count of ten.

PHRASES at the last/latest count At the last count she had 43 cats!

2 measurement/total

ADJ. high | low | blood, calorie, cell, pollen, sperm The pollen count is very high in the spring. | body, head The movie depends on good dialogue rather than violence and a high body count. The firm now has a head count of around 70 staff.

VERB + COUNT keep Keep a count of your calorie intake for one week. | lose I've lost count of the times I've heard that joke.

COUNT + VERB go up, increase, rise | drop, go down Her white cell count has gone down again.