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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Designer babies might be here sooner than anyone reckoned. Malcolm Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Q&A on scientist’s bombshell claim of gene-edited babies," 28 Nov. 2018 Keynesians fret that this budget will be too small, reckoning that a budget would need to amount to several percentage points of eurozone GDP to do any good. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Costs of the Euro," 23 Nov. 2018 The system will remove files until the operating system reckons it has enough free space for normal operation. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Windows 10 will use the cloud to free up disk space," 11 Sep. 2018 The match may be over, but tennis must reckon with the deeply sexist and racist politics that were at play. Candice Benbow, Glamour, "At the U.S. Open, Serena Williams Demanded the Apology All Black Women Deserve," 10 Sep. 2018 From its beginnings, U2 has engaged in the public as well as the personal, so any autobiography must also reckon with the band’s activism. Matthew Hay Brown,, "In Washington, U2 traces its history on 'Experience + Innocence' tour," 18 June 2018 Daryl will similarly have to reckon with the fact that his diversion tactic, which dumped the two in a giant hole, resulted in Rick blowing up the bridge. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Walking Dead has condemned itself for all time," 5 Nov. 2018 Oluwatobi reckons there is space in her collection for an Alaga chair. Ayodeji Rotinwa, Vogue, "Meet the Nigerian Product Designers Behind a New Brand of Minimalism," 28 Sep. 2018 The Marines plan to buy 9,091 JLTVs to replace their existing fleet of armored Humvees and reckon recycling the Gunner Protection Kits will save up to $100 million. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Marines Are Saving A Bundle Reusing Gun Shields From Older Humvees," 26 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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