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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Now that Griezmann is set to remain, with Diego Costa also poised for his first full season since returning from Chelsea, the Spanish side will definitely be a force to be reckoned with., "Atletico Madrid Announce Arrival of Thomas Lemar & New Deals for Antoine Griezmann & Lucas Hernandez," 18 June 2018 Don’t be fooled by her age: 19-year-old Madison Beer is a force to be reckoned with and an old soul. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Madison Beer Talks Taking Creative Control for 'Home With You' Video & Making Empowering Music: 'Every Girl Is a Badass'," 14 June 2018 Jepsen’s coming-out party as a force to be reckoned with came on the second day of the Smack Attack against three of state’s top teams. Logan Malloy, Daily Southtown, "Simply marvelous: Marist's Marty Jepsen is the 2018 Daily Southtown Boys Volleyball Player of the Year," 14 June 2018 At 26 years old, Neymar recently suffered from a broken foot -- putting him out of the game for about three months -- but the forward’s readmittance on the team has made Brazil an even greater force to be reckoned with. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "World Cup 2018 teams to watch, from Germany to Iceland," 13 June 2018 More: Meet the Michigan high school bowling dream teams Four for years on the Brighton varsity team, Natalie and her arm swing were a force to be reckoned with. Perry A. Farrell, Detroit Free Press, "Brighton's Natalie Klein, Genesee's Luke Cantrell win Miss, Mr. Bowling awards," 28 Apr. 2018 By glancing at another woman's epic interactions with fame — Boyd was once harassed by Beatles fans in an alley — Swift is reckoning with her own. Rebecca Farley,, "Taylor Swift On Writing Songs About Boyfriends & Muses," 10 July 2018 Many cities and institutions are reckoning with their ties to slavery in other ways. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Charleston, South Carolina, Formally Apologizes for Its Role in the Slave Trade," 20 June 2018 Jason Blum's low-budget, high-concept approach to the horror movie has made him a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Blumhouse Teams With Tang Media Partners to Make Horror Movies for China (Exclusive)," 18 June 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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