to count on

Idiom Definition 1

"to count on"

to rely on

Idiom Definition - to count on


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Idiom Definition 2

"to count on"

to expect;

to predict

Idiom Definition - to count on


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to count on

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Your parents' big fiftieth anniversary party is this weekend, right?

Friend 2:  I'm so glad you remembered.  And you also remember what you promised?

Friend 1:  Of course!  I promised I would pick up the ice sculpture for the party.

Friend 2:  The ice sculpture is really important.  I'm counting on you.

Friend 1:  Don't worry.  You can trust me.  The ice sculpture will be at the party.

Idiom Scenario 2

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Are you all ready for your parents' fiftieth anniversary party this weekend?

Friend 2:   Everything is ready. I hope everything will be OK. I'm worried because the party is outdoors.

Friend 1:  I guess you're really counting on the weather to be good, then.

Friend 2:   I sure am.

to count on - Usage:


to count on - Gerund Form:

Counting on somebody's help is a matter of trust.

to count on - Examples:

1)  Can the company can count on them to deliver? 

2) We can't count on military might alone. 

3)  Israel had better not count on any support or aid from Obama, especially if the going gets tough. 

4)  This fight is going to happen, count on it. Iran and the west are 180 degrees out of phase from each.

5)  I'm a service connected Iraq Veteran, so you can at least count on me for support

6)  He has been there for us, and we have been able to count on him to protect our rights as women.

7)  What she probably didn't count on is that they are flying straight into the plane's turbine.

8)  You can count on better pacing and more excitement than Modern Warfare 3.

9)  They also proved that we can not count on an ultimate victory at sea unless we are victorious on land.

10)  The lesson here is that in true large scale disasters, you can't count on the locals to even be there to take the lead.

11)  I don't think he's accepting a 2 way contract. His agent is counting on those other teams salivating over his size.

12)  This guy is a blatant liar counting on the American people to sit idly by trusting that he does what he says.

13)  The measure may not yield the $6.9 billion the governor is counting on, the state's Legislative Analyst said. 

14)  He's counting on her keeping her intelligence from her boyfriend from claiming she did the work. 

15)  Fire managers are counting on snow this weekend to put out the two remaining fires.

16)  The money is spent right away, and the government counts on new money from current workers to pay retirees.

17)  This solution isn't bulletproof because it counts on three assumptions.

18)  Effective Marxism counts on there being no one more gullible than the hopelessly gullible.

19)  I KNEW I was going to live there. I counted on it. I planned the rest of my life around being there.

20)  In building his auction empire, Omidyar counted on the power of the individual.