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count on someone or something
to rely on someone or something; to depend on someone or something. We can count on Bill to get the job done. Can I count on this car to start every morning of the year?
count (up)on someone or something
to rely on someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Can I count upon you to do the job? You can count on me.
count on somebody
to expect someone to help you when you need them I'm counting on you to tell me everything they say.
Usage notes: sometimes used to show that you expect a problem: You can always count on Michael to screw things up.
count on something
to expect something to happen You may be disappointed if you count on getting that loan.
Also, count upon. Rely on, depend on, as in You can always count on Kent to be punctual, or Carol was counting upon getting a raise in spring. [First half of 1600s]
1. To rely or depend on someone or something: I was counting on getting a raise when I made the decision to purchase a house.
2. To be confident of something; anticipate something: We are counting on a great vacation this summer.