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.

Nearby words

  1. recklessness,
  2. recklinghausen,
  3. recklinghausen's disease,
  4. recklinghausen's disease of bone,
  5. recklinghausen's tumor,
  6. reckon with,
  7. reckoner,
  8. reckoning,
  9. reclaim,
  10. reclaimant

Origin of reckon

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

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British Dictionary definitions for reckon

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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Word Origin and History for reckon

reckon

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with reckon

reckon

In addition to the idiom beginning with reckon

  • reckon with

also see:

  • force to be reckoned with
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