count as

count (someone or something) as (something)

To see or interpret someone or something in a particular way. I count my daughter as my greatest blessing in life. You should count this as a major accomplishment—freshmen hardly ever get published in the literary magazine.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

count someone or something as something

to consider someone to be a particular type of person. I count Todd as one of the possible candidates. I count this entry as a definite prizewinner.
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count something as something

to treat or think of something as being a certain thing. I count this as a win. Did you count that one as a fair ball?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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