Etymology
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recount (v.1)

"to tell, relate in detail," late 15c., also recompt, from Old North French and Anglo-French reconter (12c., Modern French raconter), from Old French re- "again" (see re-) + conter "to relate, reckon" (see count (v.)). Frequent in Caxton. Related: Recounted; recounting.

recount (n.)

also re-count, "a new count, a second or repeated count" (especially in an election), 1855, American English, from re- + count (n.2).

recount (v.2)

also re-count, "to enumerate again, count over," 1764, from re- "again" + count (v.). Related: Recounted; recounting.

updated on May 27, 2021

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