reckon

verb

reck·​on ˈre-kən How to pronounce reckon (audio)
reckoned; reckoning ˈre-kə-niŋ How to pronounce reckon (audio)
ˈrek-niŋ

transitive verb

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 U.S. is reckoned from the Declaration of Independence
2
: to regard or think of as : consider
3
chiefly dialectal : think, suppose
I reckon I've outlived my timeEllen Glasgow

intransitive verb

1
: to settle accounts
2
: to make a calculation
3
a
: judge
b
chiefly dialectal : suppose, think
4
: to accept something as certain : place reliance
I reckon on your promise to help
Phrases
reckon with
: to take into consideration
reckon without
: to fail to consider : ignore

Examples of reckon in a Sentence

I reckon that we'll have to leave early. Do you reckon you'll be able to go to the grocery store after work? We'll have to leave early, I reckon. They reckoned that they would reach their destination by noon. Losses were reckoned to be over a million dollars.
Recent Examples on the Web Other nations and communities reckon with difficult pasts. Sarah Kohrs and Neil Thorne, TIME, 21 May 2024 Here’s the problem: If monthly price increases slow from the recent range of 0.3% to 0.4% to a more typical 0.2%, as many economists expect, Millar reckons that would still leave annual inflation at 2.9% by the end of the year, above March’s 2.8% reading. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 20 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for reckon 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of reckon was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Reckon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reckon. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

reckon

verb
reck·​on ˈrek-ən How to pronounce reckon (audio)
reckoned; reckoning -(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce reckon (audio)
1
a
: count entry 1 sense 1a, compute
reckon the days till her birthday
b
: to estimate by calculating
reckon the height of a building
2
: consider sense 3, regard
was reckoned among the leaders
3
chiefly dialect : think sense 2, suppose
4
: to look forward to as certain : depend
reckon on support
reckoner
-(ə-)nər
noun

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