compter

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compter ‎(plural compters)

  1. (obsolete) A counter (token used for keeping count).
    • William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
      Let me see: every 'leven wether tods, every tod yields pound and odd shilling; fifteen hundred shorn, what comes the wool to? [] I cannot do't without compters.
  2. (historical) A prison attached to a city court; a counter.
    • 2003, John Hamilton Baker, The Oxford History of the Laws of England, Oxford, page 284
      Each sheriff had his own compter, which were both prisons and offices, administered by the respective secondaries.

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French compter, respelling of Old French conter to reflect the etymology Latin computāre, present active infinitive of computō. Doublet of conter and computer.

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compter

  1. (transitive, intransitive) to count
  2. (transitive) to reckon, allow
    Pour se rendre jusque là, il faut compter deux bonnes heures.
  3. (transitive) to include
    Je ne l'ai pas comptée dans le calcul.
  4. (catenative) to intend
    Tu comptes partir à quelle heure ?

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French conter, respelled to reflect Latin computō, computāre.

Verb[edit]

compter

  1. to recount; to tell

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  • Middle French conjugation varies from one text to another. Hence, the following conjugation should be considered as typical, not as exhaustive.

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