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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.
See also: count
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 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?
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.