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[ rek-uhn ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to count, compute, or calculate, as in number or amount.

    Synonyms: enumerate

  2. to esteem or consider; regard as:

    to be reckoned an authority in the field.

    Synonyms: judge, estimate, deem, account

  3. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. to think or suppose.

verb (used without object)

  1. to count; make a computation or calculation.
  2. to settle accounts, as with a person (often followed by up ).
  3. to count, depend, or rely, as in expectation (often followed by on ).
  4. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. to think or suppose.

verb phrase

    1. to include in consideration or planning; anticipate:

      He hadn't reckoned with so many obstacles.

    2. to deal with:

      I have to reckon with many problems every day.


/ ˈrɛkən /


  1. to calculate or ascertain by calculating; compute
  2. tr to include; count as part of a set or class

    I reckon her with the angels

  3. usually passive to consider or regard

    he is reckoned clever

  4. when tr, takes a clause as object to think or suppose; be of the opinion

    I reckon you don't know where to go next

  5. intrfoll bywith to settle accounts (with)
  6. intr; foll by with or without to take into account or fail to take into account

    the bully reckoned without John's big brother

  7. intr; foll by on or upon to rely or depend

    I reckon on your support in this crisis

  8. slang.
    tr to regard as good

    I don't reckon your chances of success

  9. informal.
    tr to have a high opinion of

    she was sensitive to bad reviews, even from people she did not reckon

  10. to be reckoned with
    of considerable importance or influence

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Other Words From

  • reckon·a·ble adjective
  • outreckon verb (used with object)
  • pre·reckon verb (used with object)
  • under·reckon verb (used with object)
  • un·reckon verb (used with object)
  • un·reckon·a·ble adjective
  • un·reckoned adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of reckon1

First recorded before 1000; Middle English rekenen, Old English gerecenian “to report, pay”; cognate with German rechnen “to compute”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of reckon1

Old English ( ge ) recenian recount; related to Old Frisian rekenia , Old High German rehhanón to count

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Idioms and Phrases

In addition to the idiom beginning with reckon , also see force to be reckoned with .

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Example Sentences

The coronavirus pandemic is the scourge that keeps on whipping—and its latest punishment is likely to be felt in dozens of states and municipalities across the United States as governments reckon with a massive and sudden loss of revenue.

From Fortune

Fitzpatrick reckoned that global macro accounted for about a tenth of the hedge fund industry’s assets a decade ago, but that had now slipped to 6 percent.

From Ozy

In the century since women’s suffrage, women have transformed our politics — in particular, they’ve become a force to be reckoned with inside the Democratic Party.

So maybe the higher expectations that we have for what we hope for in life earlier, that accounts for why we’re downward sloping until a certain point, and then we reckon with what’s possible.

So it’s impossible for me to reckon that he wouldn’t have thought through the consequences of aggregating that power, through the use of executive orders and sole executive action and so on.

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.

The more specific they get, marketers reckon, the more likely you are to buy.

And the failure to reckon with that question will make the injustice of paying dues for partisan speech look like a minor detail.

Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

Whenever it comes day, we got all the best uh things—though I don't reckon we'll have a walkaway.

But I reckon we'll have to take these two carcasses along as a sort of corroborative evidence.

You may put on as many fines as you please, Mr. Judge, but by —— there's a difference between imposing and collecting, I reckon.

They've both dropped down out of sight now—I reckon I won't spoil sport—shouldn't like it myself.

Hilsea Green we used to reckon the coldest spot between Portsmouth and London.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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