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
Synonyms for reckon
Related Words for reckoncalculate, surmise, square, consider, figure, judge, number, put, rate, deem, gauge, esteem, enumerate, total, guess, tote, sum, approximate, tot, call
Examples from the Web for reckon
Contemporary Examples of reckon
Either way, we Americans have plenty to answer for and reckon with.The Media's Pro-Torture Cheerleaders
December 10, 2014
They were holding too many meetings, he realized, descending into politics instead of ascending to reckon with Flagg.McConaughey’s ‘Stand’—And Ours
December 5, 2014
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
July 2, 2014
Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, May 24, 2014
The Daily Beast
May 24, 2014
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
May 22, 2014
Historical Examples of reckon
This Mauburn isn't good enough for your family, but you reckon he's good enough for me?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"They won't go back without me, I reckon," he added, with a laugh.Brave and Bold
It may be over when you will: so I reckon nothing upon that.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
It graveled him like the nation, too, I reckon, much as he tried not to let on.
DO you reckon Tom Sawyer was satisfied after all them adventures?
Word Origin 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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with reckon
- reckon with
- force to be reckoned with