reckon

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

Definition of reckon

transitive verb

1a : 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
3a : 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

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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.
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This is just one more small incident in the long moment of reckoning our democracy is facing. Jason Rezaian, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: The State Department has been funding trolls. I’m one of their targets.," 4 June 2019 Not bad for a program that last spring was entering murky recruiting waters under a brand new coaching staff forced to reckon with fallout from a nationwide FBI scandal. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball welcomes its star freshmen 'Super Six' to campus," 4 June 2019 As Adelaide reckons with this reality, she is completely unhinged in a masterful performance from Nyong’o. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Us Offers a Terrifying Vision of Judgement Day," 26 Mar. 2019 As the state reckons with a way to get people out of their cars, Chanell Fletcher is working hard to give Californians more transportation choices. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Getting around the Bay Area with Chanell Fletcher," 21 Dec. 2018 Over Cost Luxturna can give sight to children and others with a rare eye condition, but costs nearly $1 million—the industry is reckoning with how to pay for such treatments as more become available. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "A Lab Tests Playing to Help Children With Autism," 26 Nov. 2018 Was this the moment of reckoning the drone research community has been waiting for? Ulrike Franke, The Verge, "The Caracas drone attack won’t be the last of its kind," 17 Aug. 2018 At a time when Hollywood is reckoning with calls for greater inclusivity, the historic aspect of Oh’s nomination serves as another sobering reminder of the industry’s deep-rooted diversity problem. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "The complete list of 2018 Emmy nominees," 12 July 2018 Phil, answering to his weakness and selfishness, now must reckon with the knowledge that a one-time pawn can now resist him. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "My father-in-law doesn’t want his grandchild’s name hyphenated," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of reckon

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

History and Etymology for reckon

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

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reckon

verb

English Language Learners Definition of reckon

informal : 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

verb
reck·​on | \ ˈre-kən How to pronounce reckon (audio) \
reckoned; reckoning

Kids Definition of reckon

1 : to believe that something is true or possible I reckon we're lost.
2 : calculate sense 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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