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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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 The South African commission, for instance, was reckoning with human rights abuses from 1960 to 1994, in the upholding of a system that, by its very nature, could be considered one gigantic human rights violation. Kevin Baker, The New Republic, "Why America needs truth and reconciliation after Trump," 17 May 2018 Thomas Tuchel is expected to take over from Unai Emery as manager at the Parc des Princes this summer, with the main target of making PSG a force to be reckoned with in Europe., "Marco Verratti Welcomes Rumours Linking 'Great Players' Like Man Utd's Paul Pogba With PSG," 11 May 2018 Putin’s goal is to restore Russia as a global player and as a force to be reckoned with in any conflict-resolution scenario in the Middle East. Philipp Casula, Washington Post, "Putin wants a shining legacy. He has to solve 3 big problems first.," 17 Apr. 2018 Whitney Howell was a force to be reckoned with in the paint this season. Wells Dusenbury,, "Palm Beach 9A-7A girls basketball player of the year: Whitney Howell, Santaluces senior," 21 Mar. 2018 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

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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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