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Compt, v. Also: comt. [ME. compte (Gower), OF. compter, respelling of conter, after compte or L. computāre. Cf. Cont v. and Count v.]

1. tr. To number, reckon by number; also, to reckon up, enumerate, recount. 1420 (1430) Reg. Great S. 30/1.
Quhat so ever … Michel takis … , it sal be alowit and comtit in the forsaid some
1456 Hay I. 61/28. Ib. 81/32.
The grete prowes and nobles of armes that there was done, quhilk war our lang to compt
c1460 Vert. Mess 3965.
The gud angell … comptis wp and wrytis al the steppis at a man makes to the mes
a1500 Henr. Orph. 197.
Thy grete paynis to compt [are] vnnowmerabil
a1500 Bk. Chess 1662.
With arsmetrik suld he … The mynut compt
1533 Boece xv. iii. 579.
Gret nowmer of vtheris, quhom to compt war prolixt
1567 G. Ball. 238.
The tyme to compt is schort
c1575 Balfour Pract. 643.
The space of ane yeir, from the newis of the shipwrak … to be comptit
1614 Lett. Eccl. Affairs I. 340.
Comptand ane last and ane half last to ane chalder of beir

b. To include or cover in an account. 1564 Treas. Acc. in Knox II. 596.
Payit … to David Rycheo … for his ȝeirlie pensioun … of the ȝeir compted

2. intr. To make count or reckoning. c1460 Thewis Wysmen 329.
Thai ar … fair calland with gret plesans, And sone wyll compt of cusingage
1490 Irland Mir. I. 127/30.
In the sext monethe, comptand fra Sanct Johnnis concepcioune
a1500 Prestis of Peblis 40.
To gret clergy I can nocht compt nor clame
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 3520.
Thre hundreth ȝeir Togidther with four score and alewin, As comptit Carione full ewin
a1500 Peblis to Play 112.
He began to compt [: wount], Ilk man tua and ane happenie
1615 Highland P. III. 230.
Leawing us to compt at home with his creditouris
1622 Melrose P. 470.
He that comtes befor his oist comtes tuyse
1634 Peebles Gleanings 176.
Compted with Mergret Reid … , when the byschop was heir, and payit to her £10 12s.

b. To have consideration; to care. 1456 Hay I. 79/35.
Thai movit bataill and weris, … nocht rekand, na comptand on quhat title of rycht, bot on force
a1500 Henr. Fab. 105.
Had I dry breid, I compt not for na cukis
Ib. 530.
He … comptit not for Goddis fauour nor feid
1513 Doug. viii. Prol. 69.
Swengeouris … Gevis na cur to cun craft, nor comptis for na cryme
1570 Sat. P. xiii. 118.
Ane teinfull tratour … , To crucifie Christ that compts not a feg
a1578 Pitsc. I. 3/17.
He that … of guid fallowis comptis nocht ane prein
1622-6 Bisset I. 15/31.
Crowell tirranttis, that dalie dois persew Neglect of justice, quhairof they compt the les, Gif any gettis

c. To render an account. c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxi. 52.
All mon answer deth, quhen he dois call To compt befoir the iuge future

3. tr. With a negative: (Not) to regard, consider or care for.Freq. with additions, as a hair, a prene, etc.(1) ?1438 Alex. ii. 2894.
I compt nocht all thare schore ane hare!
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 130.
Thi schore compt I noght ane caik
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 129.
Commirwald crawdoun, na man comptis thé ane kerse
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 337.
Quod he: I compt thame not ane cute
15.. Christis Kirk 36.
Scho bad ga chat him, Scho compt him nocht twa clokkis
a1568 Scott ii. 146.
Wer ȝe foursum in a flok, I compt ȝow not a leik
(2) a1500 Seven S. 810.
My awne grevans I compt no thing
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2320.
I compt not all the laif, leif me the cok
a1500 Bk. Chess 1007.
Alexander comptit none erdlye gud
1513 Doug. i. viii. 86.
Albeit the strenth of men ȝhe set not by, And mortal weris contempnys and comptis nocht
Ib. iii. ii. 18. c1552 Lynd. Mon. 3163.
His strakis scho had bot lytill comptit, Wer nocht the king wes so weill montit
1567 G. Ball. 182.
For euerie man dois vther teiche, And comptis nocht ȝour crueltie

4. To reckon, consider, or regard as (something or of a certain kind). 1456 Hay I. 224/9.
Be law, all is comptit a thing, the maister and his servandis
Ib. 300/5.
A prince … that can nocht put mesure in his larges … is comptit nocht wys
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 407.
Lat thame … never compt thaim of Christ to be a branche
a1570-86 Arbuthnot Maitl. F. xxx. 18.
Gude exercies is thocht torment and cair And honest laubour comptit miserie
1612 Crim. Trials III. 226.
Except the haill hand had bene cuttit af, it can nocht be comptit demembration

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