verb \ˈre-kən\

: 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

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

Full Definition of RECKON

transitive verb
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>
:  to regard or think of as :  consider
chiefly dialect :  think, suppose <I reckon I've outlived my time — Ellen Glasgow>
intransitive verb
:  to settle accounts
:  to make a calculation
a :  judge
b chiefly dialect :  suppose, think
:  to accept something as certain :  place reliance <I reckon on your promise to help>
reckon with
:  to take into consideration
reckon without
:  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


Next Word in the Dictionary: reckonable
Previous Word in the Dictionary: reckling
All Words Near: reckon

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up reckon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More