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
Case in point: Bridj, where a deal with a large automaker (reported to be Toyota) fell through and the pop-up bus service was suddenly forced to reckon with a financial freefall.
As a day of reckoning approaches for Drew Peterson's former attorney Joel Brodsky in federal court, more evidence of what might politely be described as his combative style has emerged.
No matter how advanced our engineering capabilities are and our forecasting becomes, Mother Nature is still a force to be reckoned with.
They, however, hadn't reckoned with students at Margate Middle School.
Strath Haven was certainly to be reckoned with Tuesday.
A more genteel exploration of life’s inevitable decay can be found in Martha Cooley’s GUESSWORK: A Reckoning With Loss (Catapult, paper, $16.95).
As the rest of the contenders in the Pac-12 and around the country reckon with their departures, USC can ask a question that hasn’t been relevant for years: Is USC a legitimate contender for the conference title?
The 458 is one hot car, and judging from the specs, a force to be reckoned with on the street.
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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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