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count vb
1 Count, tell, enumerate, number are comparable when they mean to ascertain the total of units in a collection by noting one after another or one group after another.
Count (see also RELY) implies computation of a total by assigning to each unit or each group of units as noted its proper numeral in succession, such as one, two, three ... or three, six, nine . . .
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they were counting the books one by one when he told them it would be quicker to count them by fives

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as many as thirty bonfires could be counted within the whole bounds of the district— Hardy

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Tell, which is somewhat old-fashioned in general use, usually stresses a counting one by one
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look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them— Gen 15:5

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all told there were 27 public schools— Jones

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or it may suggest a lingering counting interspersed with meditation on each unit counted
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thus will he tell like beads the memories of his days— Powys

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Tell is more common in current use in the collocation tell off which adds to the notion of counting that of setting apart the units counted
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told off a detail and put them to opening a trench— Dobie

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Enumerate implies a listing or mentioning of each one in a series not only that their total may be ascertained, but that they may be individually known or specified
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enumerate the powers of the supreme court

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enumerate the species of plants found on an island

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enumerate the various dishes served at a dinner

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Number is a somewhat literary equivalent of either count or enumerate; in some uses it carries an additional suggestion of allotment or limit
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the days of every man are numbered

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number the flowers of the field

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but even the very hairs of your head are all numberedLk 12:7

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his hosts of blind and unresisting dupes the despot numbersShelley

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Analogous words: *calculate, compute, reckon, estimate: *add, sum, figure, total, tot, cast, foot
2 *rely, depend, bank, trust, reckon
count n *paragraph, verse, article, clause, plank

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