Definition of reckon
reckoningplay \ˈre-kə-niŋ, ˈrek-niŋ\
1a : count reckon the days till Christmasb : estimate, compute reckon the height of a buildingc : 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
1 : to settle accounts
2 : to make a calculation
4 : to accept something as certain : place reliance I reckon on your promise to help
: to take into consideration
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 of reckon from the Web
Which is one reason that the World Bank estimates that by 2050, 5.2 billion people will be reckoning with it.
The Defiant Ones N.W.A evolves into a force to be reckoned with in the second installment of this limited series.
But the truth is this: Your grandmother will have to reckon with how to think about herself at the end of her life, and that’s not a job that anyone can do for anyone else.
Paris Jackson is a force with which to be reckoned.
Her bubbly personality, ukulele skills and signature raspy voice made this then 12-year-old a force to be reckoned with, eventually earning the singer-songwriter a spot on the 2016 Billboard 21 Under 21 list of music's hottest young stars.
Winners Reunited with Tom Thibodeau, and suddenly the Timberwolves are a team to be reckoned with.
Cadieux reckoned that 95 percent of that was related to car design and car performance—
Posting a 33-2 record with 24 career KOs, Broner is a force to be reckoned with at the top of his game.
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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
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
RECKON Defined for English Language Learners
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
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