verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to include in consideration or planning; anticipate: He hadn't reckoned with so many obstacles.
- to deal with: I have to reckon with many problems every day.
Origin of reckon
Examples from the Web for reckon
Either way, we Americans have plenty to answer for and reckon with.
They were holding too many meetings, he realized, descending into politics instead of ascending to reckon with Flagg.
And the failure to reckon with that question will make the injustice of paying dues for partisan speech look like a minor detail.The Conservative Case for Unions After the Harris v. Quinn Decision|James Poulos|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.
In exactly what fashion could 317 million people “reckon” or come to certain eternally elusive “terms” with racism?America Is Coming to Terms with Its Racial Past—Let’s Look Ahead Instead|John McWhorter|May 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I reckon what he said about gettin' you into trouble is all nonsense.The Young Bridge-Tender|Arthur M. Winfield
"I reckon that I've been a bit thick-haided," he said simply.The Song of the Wolf|Frank Mayer
Eyes—he tried to count and knew it was impossible to so reckon the number of the pack that ran mute but ready.Star Born|Andre Norton
Wal, I reckon he's all we're lookin' for this pertickler minnit.The Young Forester|Zane Grey
I reckon she was feelin' her oats, visitin' at the Senator's house.Partners of Chance|Henry Herbert Knibbs
British Dictionary definitions for reckon
Word Origin for reckon
Word Origin and History for reckon
c.1200, recenen, from Old English gerecenian "to explain, relate, recount," from West Germanic *(ga)rekenojanan (cf. Old Frisian rekenia, Middle Dutch and Dutch rekenen, Old High German rehhanon, German rechnen, Gothic rahnjan "to count, reckon"), from Proto-Germanic *rakinaz "ready, straightforward," from PIE *reg- "to move in a straight line," with derivatives meaning "direct in a straight line, rule" (see regal).
Intransitive sense "make a computation" is from c.1300. In I reckon, the sense is "hold an impression or opinion," and the expression, used parenthetically, dates from c.1600 and formerly was in literary use (Richardson, etc.), but came to be associated with U.S. Southern dialect and was regarded as provincial or vulgar. Related: Reckoned; reckoning.
Idioms and Phrases with reckon
In addition to the idiom beginning with reckon
- reckon with
- force to be reckoned with