Definition of reckon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛk(ə)n/


1 [with object] Establish by calculation: his debts were reckoned at £300,000 the Byzantine year was reckoned from 1 September
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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.
1.1 (reckon someone/thing among) Include someone or something in (a class or group): the society can reckon among its members males of the royal blood
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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, number;
consider to be, deem to be, regard as, look on as, take to be
2 [with clause] informal 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, be of the view, be convinced, suspect, dare say, have an idea, have a feeling, imagine, fancy, guess, suppose, assume, surmise, conjecture, consider
North American informal figure
archaic ween
2.1 [with object and complement] Consider or regard in a specified way: the event was 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, view, think of as, look on as;
deem, rate, evaluate, gauge, count, estimate;
2.2 [no object] (reckon on/to) informal Have a specified view or opinion of: ‘What do you reckon on this place?’ she asked
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  • What would he reckon to them being assessed and designed in a similar way?
  • Fair enough, now Sharon from Birmingham says: What do you reckon to the appointment of David O'Leary at Villa?
  • First of all, what do you reckon to the Champions League draw?
2.3 [with object] British informal Rate highly: I don’t reckon his chances
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  • Marek could play three chords on his nylon-stringed guitar, and Bolek had a sense of rhythm, so we reckoned our chances of a stab at fame and fortune.
3 [no object] (reckon on) Rely on or be sure of: 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, anticipate, hope to, be looking to;
North American informal figure on


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

A thing or person 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, not to be ignored, significant, considerable;
influential, powerful, strong, potent, formidable, redoubtable, dominant, commanding
informal a hard nut to crack

Phrasal verbs


reckon with (or without)

Take (or fail to take) into account: they hadn’t reckoned with a visit from Eunice
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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, cope with, contend with, handle, face, face up to
bear in mind, consider, take cognizance of, take note of
overlook, ignore, fail to take account of, fail to anticipate, disregard, lose sight of, fail to notice

reckon with

archaic Settle accounts with: figurative God will reckon with us roundly for the abuse
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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', of West Germanic origin; 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 ‘being of an opinion’.

Words that rhyme with reckon

beckon, Deccan, pekan

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