keep (a) count (of someone or something)

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keep (a) count (of someone or something)

To learn and remember how many people or things are present in a given situation. Mr. Smith, will you please keep a count of the students as they board the bus? A: "And how many people entered the shop on the day of the robbery?" B: "I don't know, I wasn't keeping count." You'll need to keep count of your taxi rides and meals during the trip so that you can make an accurate expense claim when you're back.
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keep (a) ˈcount (of something)

know how many there are of something: Make sure you keep count of all the phone calls you make so you can claim the money back later.
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DEAD AND BERRA'D: Christophe keeps count of the Holland goals
Look up a question and press a button to select an answer; the display tells whether it's right, and keeps count of the score in a two-player competition
The instrument then keeps count of each colony that meets this size requirement, which can be as small as 0.
Six hours more or less of time when in those same six hours Children, little children sit, like you, in other prison cells for their subversion When heads are cracked and bodies wracked across the landscape of a continent that is yours theirs A motherland keeps count of each heart battered to a bloody pulp to stop its count of life