reckon

verb reck·on \ ˈre-kən \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of reckon

reckoned; reckoning play \ˈre-kə-niŋ, 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 time
  • —Ellen 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
reckon with
: to take into consideration
reckon without
: to fail to consider : ignore

Examples of reckon in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of reckon

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


RECKON Defined for English Language Learners

reckon

verb

Definition of reckon for English Language Learners

  • : 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


RECKON Defined for Kids

reckon

verb reck·on \ ˈre-kən \

Definition of reckon for Students

reckoned; reckoning
1 : to believe that something is true or possible
  • I reckon we're lost.
2 : calculate 1
  • They reckon the distance to be a mile.
3 : to regard or think of as : consider
  • She was reckoned among the leaders.


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