reck·on | \ ˈre-kən \
reckoned; reckoning\ˈre-kə-niŋ, 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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In the United States, in Europe and across the developing world, Putin’s brand recognition has given Russia the sheen of a force to be reckoned with anew — and approval ratings that in many countries are growing. Washington Post, "How the Kremlin turned the Russian president into a global icon," 12 July 2018 Fox Business Trade War Prediction Economist Stephen Roach, a Yale senior fellow and former Morgan Stanley Asia chair, reckons the U.S. will lose its trade war with China. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Trump and NATO, Papa John's Out, Broadcom Buys CA: CEO Daily for July 12, 2018," 12 July 2018 Starbucks is also not the first major company to reckon with its use of plastic straws. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Starbucks Vows to Ditch Plastic Straws by 2020. How Will the Oceans Change?," 9 July 2018 So far, so good: After some early stumbles from new manager Gabe Kapler, the Phillies have settled in as a team to be reckoned with in the NL East and wild-card race. Jon Tayler,, "Midseason Report Card: Upstart Braves, Phillies Headline Surprisingly Tight NL East Race," 27 June 2018 Its continued inability to reckon with this legacy — or how blindness and indifference to power dynamics is still embedded into its system — remains a persistent issue. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Was it right to dox Stephen Miller? That’s the wrong question," 27 June 2018 According to a new survey conducted by this magazine and GQ, many men are reckoning with this: Of more than 1,000 men, 51 percent of millennials went back to reevaluate their actions compared with 28 percent in the 35-to-55 group who did the same. Anonymous, Glamour, "#MeToo Forced Me to Reevaluate My Own Sexual History—and I've Taken Advantage of Women," 30 May 2018 These same writers provide answers to questions like: How was Solange able to cement herself as an artist to be reckoned with and more than a superstar’s sister with A Seat at the Table? Elizabeth Wellington,, "For this Penn class that studies Beyoncé, Beychella was like an epic final exam," 17 Apr. 2018 Directed by Mikael Burke, this romance follows Jesse, a black playwright whose boyfriend Neil, a white Black Lives Matter activist, calls him out for his political apathy, forcing the two to reckon with their identities. Kt Hawbaker,, "About Face Theatre sets 2018-19 season with two Chicago premieres and a world premiere," 10 July 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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English Language Learners 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


reck·on | \ ˈre-kən \
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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