- it means that you are able to depend on somebody or something
- to expect something to happen
- used in a humorous way to say that someone will always act a certain way
- It doesn't matter what happens, you will always be able to count on.
- Come rain or shine, you can count on my dog to wee in the house.
- Whether they win or lose, you can always count on our cricket team to do their best.
- You will not get away with this! You can count on it!
- You can never count on him to get the job done, he is a very lazy man who never does his part.
- I was counting on the money from the insurance to buy a new house, after my house burned down.
- You can always count on your mom to give you good advice.
- I knew that I could count on you to help me with my homework, you are always there for me.
The earliest use of the word "count" can be traced the late 1200s, however, it is unknown when it took on the meaning of "to rely on". It has, however, been used in this context for hundreds of years.
- be sure of; depend on; rely on; trust; bank on