Meaning of Count On


Meaning of Count On

Who are the people in our lives we need trust to help us be better every day? What items do we have that without them we would have a hard time functioning? Cell phones? The internet? Your computer or tablet? When we think about the people and things we trust to be available to use when we need them, it is astounding.

The word count can be used as a verb and a noun. As a verb, it can be used to add things and total people and things. As well, it can be used as a verb to include people and things, or to include something or someone. On is a preposition and can also be a adverb.


This phrasal verb to describe situations where we trust people or things to be there for use when we need them to help us in our daily lives. These on people and places we expect to do what they are supposed to do with high probability.

Example of “Count On”:

  • It is always good to know that I can count on my family to be there when I need them and during hard times.
  • My boss is counting on me to get this report completed in time for the presentation for the new customer.


Nick: Richard, glad I caught you before you left for the day.

Richard: Hey Nick, what’s up?

Nick: Well, you know we have networking event this weekend, right?

Richard: Yeah, I am really looking forward to it.

Nick: I was hoping I could count onyou to help with some of the setup on Friday.

Richard: Sure, you can count on me, no problem!

Nick: Ok, Buddy. It is good to know you can count on your coworkers to get the job done!

Richard: Well, I better get going, my wife is counting on me being home for dinner on time.

Other words you can create: noun, verb, adjective, adverb, etc. (ex: mug – mugger)

Dependable, trustworthy, presuppose, repose, assume, reliable.


We can always count on….

Are counting on you/them…

It is good to know you can count on…

Related phrasal verbs:

Depend on:

When we need something or some on to do something in a successful manner.

  • I am depending on everyone to meet their targets this month.

Rely on:

As with the word depend, however a little more intensive when we use it in the contexts of count on. When we use rely on we have complete faith in something or someone.

  • I rely on my wife to make sure the kids get to school on time, without here I don’t know what we would do, I know I can count on her.

Trust in:

In the context of count on we use this phrase to indicate we have a strong belief in something or someone to do what they are supposed to do.

  • I have trust inmy staff to complete the work they are suppose to so. They also count on me to do my job and run the company so they have a job to go to everyday.

Hang on:

In the context of count on we use this phrase to indicate we depend on something.

  • We are counting on the weather to be nice, everything hangs on being able to host the event in the garden.

Hinge on:

This is a phrase we use to contingent on something or someone.

  • Everything hinges on  you doing your homework, if you don’t do then don’t count on going out on Saturday.

Related idioms:

Count your chickens:

When we count our chickens before they hatch we make plans before the happen, or we count on the plans we make before something is to happen.

Take at one’s word:

When we take someone at their word, we count on and trust what they say.

In the cards:

We use this to describe a situation that is likely to happen, something we can count on happening.

Bet my bottom dollar on:

When we use the phrase bet my bottom dollar we are saying we have so much trust in something or someone that we completely count on it or them.

Synonyms (other ways to say):

  • Count upon
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