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verb reck·on \ˈre-kən\

Simple Definition of reckon

  • : to think or suppose (something) : to believe that (something) is true or possible

  • : to calculate or guess (an amount, number, value, etc.) : to have or form a general idea about (something)

  • : to think of (someone or something) as being something specified

Full Definition of reckon

reck·onedreck·on·ing play \ˈre-kə-niŋ, ˈrek-niŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  count <reckon the days till Christmas> b :  estimate, compute <reckon the height of a building> c :  to determine by reference to a fixed basis <the existence of the United States is reckoned from the Declaration of Independence>

  3. 2 :  to regard or think of as :  consider

  4. 3 chiefly dialect :  think, suppose <I reckon I've outlived my time — Ellen Glasgow>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to settle accounts

  7. 2 :  to make a calculation

  8. 3 a :  judge b chiefly dialect :  suppose, think

  9. 4 :  to accept something as certain :  place reliance <I reckon on your promise to help>

reckon with
  1. :  to take into consideration

reckon without
  1. :  to fail to consider :  ignore

Examples of reckon

  1. I reckon that we'll have to leave early.

  2. Do you reckon you'll be able to go to the grocery store after work?

  3. We'll have to leave early, I reckon.

  4. They reckoned that they would reach their destination by noon.

  5. Losses were reckoned to be over a million dollars.

Origin of reckon

Middle English rekenen, from Old English -recenian (as in gerecenian to narrate); akin to Old English reccan

First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with reckon

RECKON Defined for Kids


verb reck·on \ˈre-kən\

Definition of reckon


  1. 1 :  to believe that something is true or possible <I reckon we're lost.>

  2. 2 :  calculate 1 <They reckon the distance to be a mile.>

  3. 3 :  to regard or think of as :  consider <She was reckoned among the leaders.>

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