to count for

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - count for

"to count for"

to have importance;

to have worth

to be valid


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - count for

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Why do you spend so much time working on your website?

Friend 2:  I'm not sure.  There is really no financial reward or recognition.

Friend 1:  So why do you do it?

Friend 2:  I must believe that all the time I spend has got to count for something.

Friend 1:  Well, the information you post is important for the people that use it.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - count for

A boss and employee are talking ...

Boss:  I'm really sorry but with the downsizing, we are going to have to let you go.

Employee:  Doesn't all my hard work count for anything?

Boss:  All your work has been extremely valuable to the company.  It is just that you are lower in seniority than others.  That's why you are losing your job.

to count for - Usage:


to count for - Gerund Form:

Counting for something means the work you did has some value.

to count for - Examples:

1)  ... the sake of the kids, doesn't 'until death do us part' count for anything?

2)  Beckwith is sympathetic with the idea that moral character may count for more in a president than correct theology or even the status ...

3)  However, in my opinion looks don't count for much if they aren't backed up by taste.

4)  That has to count for something.

5)  My husband insists that our voting doesn't count for anything.

6)  ... their cause to protect the rights of unborn children. And it is all that counts for me.

7)  Westcott said, he's is the best player in team history. And that counts for a lot. 

8)  What counts for Picasso is the message.

9)  In creative circles, things are a little better: what you've made counts for more than suits or titles or salaries.

10)  You can still see the effort, though and that counts for something.

11)  But that distinction should have counted for little here, because the Schindlers were not asking for any affirmative assistance from ...

12)  even helped his family financially when they needed my help, but all of that counted for nothing at the end of it all. 

13)  Alone, each one counted for nothing. United, they reached the critical mass necessary to be taken seriously ...

14)  There was a time in this country when character counted for something.

15)  But none of these credentials counted for much when the powers of the moment sought to take down Professor Tumin.

16)  I started to think that my many trips around the school block must start counting for something.

17)  I completely agree with the 'negative voting' counting for something the less people there are.

18)  ... give you a ministry to others that gives you a sense that your life is counting for something that will last. 

19)  ... it was him - and him alone - who was responsible for his actions and counting for something.

20)  I really don't see it counting for very much in the end in any of the independent electorates though.