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count (up)on (someone or something)

1. To rely on someone or something. I can always count on my sister to cheer me up after a tough day.
2. To expect or anticipate something. I hope you weren't counting on a Christmas bonus because I don't think we're getting them this year.
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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.
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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?
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count on

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]
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count on

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.
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Red Star cannot count upon Robbie Bird, who is with Durham County Under-18s in Kent.
But with Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard in their ranks, Carragher believes Liverpool can count upon two players whose current form puts them up there with anyone in world football at the moment.
Sharapova's decision is a major boost for tournament organisers who can now count upon a significant increase in attendance figures.
While enterprises with more than 15,000 employees were more likely to be able to count upon specific departments dedicated to mailing functions (41%), the findings suggest that most billing managers still spend a significant portion of their time on the administrative tasks of printing, labeling and mailing business documents.
Roberto Mancini can at least count upon home comforts - City have won their last ten domestic fixtures in front of their own fans - and they've already scored 17 goals in five league outings.
Some stick around longer than others and today you appreciate those people whose loyalty you can count upon.
While we cannot count upon the availability of the US Treasury Department's Capital Purchase Program to banks of our size in Southeastern Michigan, the credit needs in our communities continue to reach critical levels as the large multi-state banks pull back and reduce available credit.
As Phil told those who braved the wind and rain in his concluding remarks: 'The families have asked me to tell you that they know how lucky they are - we know that we can count upon your unconditional support and that we will never walk alone
They cannot count upon David Southern, Michael Robson, Gary Forbes or Danny Shore.
With Barry Williams also definitely sidelined, Burr is short on defensive cover although he has Dave Crowley to count upon if the situation does become more pressing.
However, I count upon each member of HPTi to bring a high personal ethical standard to the job.
But through it all, he has been able to content himself with the knowledge that whichever 11 players he sends out on to the field, he can more often than not count upon their character, grit and willingness to fight for the cause.