- (transitive, obsolete) To esteem; to prize; to value.
1591, William Shakespeare, Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch, editor, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1921 edition, page 17:
- Valentine. I mean that her beauty is exquisite, but her favour infinite. / Speed. That's because the one is painted, and the other out of all count. / Valentine. How painted? and how out of count? / Speed. Marry, sir, so painted, to make her fair, that no man counts of her beauty. / Valentine. How esteem'st thou me? I account of her beauty. / Speed. You never saw her since she was deformed?
1863, Rev. Canon Robinson, “Sermons and Preaching”, in Macmillan's Magazine, volume VII, page 410:
- Never was preaching more accounted of than in the sixteenth century.
- Most recent uses have been in the passive.