reckon

[ rek-uhn ]
/ ˈrɛk ən /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Verb Phrases

reckon with,
  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.

Origin of reckon

before 1000; Middle English rekenen, Old English gerecenian (attested once) to report, pay; cognate with German rechnen to compute

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for reckon with

reckon

/ (ˈrɛkən) /

verb


Word Origin for reckon

Old English (ge) recenian recount; related to Old Frisian rekenia, Old High German rehhanón to count
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Idioms and Phrases with reckon with (1 of 2)

reckon with

1

Take into account, be prepared for, as in The third-party movement is a force to be reckoned with during the primaries. This usage was first recorded in 1885.


2

Deal with, as in Your lost wallet isn't the only problem we have to reckon with. Also see take into account.

Idioms and Phrases with reckon with (2 of 2)

reckon

In addition to the idiom beginning with reckon

  • reckon with

also see:

  • force to be reckoned with

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