[ rek-uh-ning ]
/ ˈrɛk ə nɪŋ /


Nearby words

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

Origin of reckoning

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at reckon, -ing1

Related formspre·reck·on·ing, nounself-reck·on·ing, adjective, noun


[ 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reckoning

British Dictionary definitions for reckoning


/ (ˈrɛkənɪŋ) /


the act of counting or calculating
settlement of an account or bill
a bill or account
retribution for one's actions (esp in the phrase day of reckoning)
nautical short for dead reckoning


/ (ˈrɛkən) /


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 reckoning
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with reckoning


In addition to the idiom beginning with reckon

  • reckon with

also see:

  • force to be reckoned with
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