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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They also put up shoes in the hall, wrote weekly announcements, kept count of the number of shoes collected, drew posters and helped with the bulletin board in the gym, which was the finish line.
She hasn't kept count of the exact number of buildings she has documented but she believes the best and most interesting should be preserved.
This relatively modest telescope has been used to observe the Crab pulsar almost daily for 31 years, during which time the pulsar has rotated 30 billion times, and Jodrell Bank has kept count of every rotation.
Alexander Pichushkin, 33 - who kept count of his victims on the squares of a chessboard - said he enjoyed his gruesome slaying of up to 62 people.
Cesarano got his nickname "The Accountant" because he kept count of murder victims in the gang wars.