Definition of reckon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrekən/


1 [with object] Establish by counting or calculation; calculate: his debts were reckoned at $300,000 the Byzantine year was reckoned from September 1
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  • The total indebtedness of the company is reckoned at 17 billion euros.
  • The costs of bringing the building to a level of working habitability are conservatively reckoned at £5m - before any serious fitting-out.
  • In 2001, GDP - measured in the depreciated dollars of the day - was reckoned at just above $10 trillion.
calculate, compute, peg, work out, put a figure on, figure;
count (up), add up, total;
chiefly British  tot up
1.1 (reckon someone/something among) Include in (a class or group): in high school and college he was always reckoned among the brainiest
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  • Indeed, when this series was shown in New York in 1895, the critic Montague Marks declared, ‘We do not hesitate to say that these prints will be reckoned among the most artistic of the century.’
  • No less solid a figure than Forrest McDonald wrote in 1994 that ‘it is my personal belief, that some day he will be reckoned among the ‘great’ or ‘near great’ presidents.’
include, count, consider to be, regard as, look on as
2 [with clause] informal Conclude after calculation; be of the opinion: he reckons that the army should pull out entirely I reckon I can manage that
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  • Even if you manage to find a bargain, seasoned gemstone collectors reckon that you may need to hold the stones for as long as ten years to get a decent return.
  • Rob also reckons that the south-west coast of Ireland has some of the best sailing grounds in the world - particularly around Roaring Water Bay in West Cork.
  • The agent reckons that any new owner willing to carry out the approved plans for the development of the site could have a property worth well in excess of €500,000.
believe, think, be of the opinion/view, be convinced, dare say, imagine, guess, suppose, consider, figure
2.1 [with object and complement] Consider or regard in a specified way: it was generally reckoned a failure
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  • But their failure to consider environmental issues must be reckoned a serious omission.
  • While these titles are indeed fitting, I believe that James must also be reckoned as a significant novelist in her own right.
  • But more than 1/3 of the population is still reckoned to be chronically malnourished.
regard as, consider, judge, hold to be, think of as;
deem, rate, gauge, count
3 [no object] (reckon on) Rely on or be sure of doing, having, or dealing with: they had reckoned on a day or two more of privacy
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  • It doesn't take a genius to calculate that if the vendor reckoned on a gross margin of €15, and has not included taxation at source in setting his prices, his margin will be eaten up.
  • He reckons on a traditional repertoire of over 100 poems and a good sense of humour.
  • But he hadn't reckoned on the opposition of the local community and their parish-wide fight to preserve the house as a tourist attraction.
3.1 [with infinitive] informal Expect to do a particular thing: I reckon to get away by two-thirty
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  • In the meadow between the island and the house she waves her stick in the direction of several saplings (she reckons to have planted nearly 1,000 trees in her lifetime).
  • He reckons to have selected his first squad for Saturday's opening day clash at Brunton Park but was giving little away as to his starting line-up.
  • He stays with his mother on the south coast during the week and reckons to make his long-distance travelling financially viable by booking early on the internet.
expect to, anticipate, hope to, be looking to;
count on, rely on, depend on, bank on, figure on


a —— to be reckoned with (or to reckon with)

A thing or person of considerable importance or ability that is not to be ignored or underestimated: the trade unions were a political force to be reckoned with
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  • The vitality of the Vietnamese economy and its superb growth rates are making Vietnam an economic force to be reckoned with.
  • We will be a force to be reckoned with.
  • Put the two together, and you have a force to reckon with.
important, of considerable importance, significant;
influential, estimable, powerful, strong, potent, formidable, redoubtable

Phrasal verbs

reckon with (or without)

1Take (or fail to take) into account: it must reckon with two great challenges
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  • But that reckons without the special talent which is Thierry Henry.
  • The future looks bleak but she reckons without teenage daughter Sorrel's last-ditch attempts to save them both.
  • That, however, was reckoning without the amazing fighting qualities of the Hammers who refused to throw in the towel despite their appalling recent run of results against the champions.
deal with, contend with, face, face up to
take into account, take into consideration, bargain for/on, anticipate, foresee, be prepared for, consider
2 (reckon with) archaic Settle accounts with.
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  • God sees the sin of his own people, and will reckon with them for it.


Old English (ge)recenian 'recount, relate'; related to Dutch rekenen and German rechnen 'to count (up)'. Early senses included 'give an account of items received' and 'mention things in order', which gave rise to the notion of 'calculation' and hence of 'coming to a conclusion'.

Words that rhyme with reckon

beckon, Deccan, pekan

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Syllabification: reck·on

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