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Today's LessonCATEGORY: Idioms and Compound Verbs
COUNT DOWN / COUNTDOWN   カウントダウンする/カウントダウン


  • To count down is to count the number of seconds, days, years, etc. left before a special event. It can also mean to announce a series of songs, movies, etc. in order of popularity or other ranking.

    A countdown (one word) is the act of counting down.
  • count down は、ある物事が起こるまでの秒数、日数、年数などを数える、という意味です。
    歌や映画などの人気ランキングを発表する、その他、何かの順位を発表する、という場合にも count down を使います。

    countdown (1語)は名詞で、count down をすること、という意味です。


  1. Where will you be counting down the seconds to 2003?
  2. My daughter was counting down the days to the start of the New Year's holiday in November already.
  3. (a TV show host)
    We'll count down the ten most popular movies of the week after this commercial message.
  4. I like listening to the weekly top 40 countdown (of popular music) on the radio.
  5. The countdown was stopped just three minutes before the space shuttle launch because of a fuel leak.

The next time we meet, we'll be another day closer to the big event!