- Reckon is something you believe or decide after thinking about it for a while.
An example of reckon is when you decide that someone is guity of a crime.
- to count; figure up; compute
- to consider as; regard as being: reckon them friends
- to judge; consider; estimate
- Informal, Dialectal to think; suppose
Origin of reckonMiddle English rekkenen ; from Old English -recenian, akin to German rechnen, to count ; from Indo-European base an unverified form reĝ-, to put in order, straight from source right, Classical Latin regere, to rule
- to count up; figure
- Informal to depend or rely (on): reckoning on good weather
- Informal to think; suppose
- to balance or settle accounts with
- to take into consideration
verbreck·oned, reck·on·ing, reck·ons
- To count or compute: reckon the cost. See Synonyms at calculate.
- To consider as being; regard as: a book that was reckoned a masterpiece. See Synonyms at consider.
- Chiefly Southern & South Midland a. To think or conclude: I reckon what you say is true.b. To expect or intend (to do something): “You reckon to call the sheriff?” (Cormac McCarthy).
- To make a calculation; figure.
- Chiefly South & South Midland To think or believe: I reckon so.
Origin of reckonMiddle English reknen, from Old English gerecenian, to recount, arrange; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present reckons, present participle reckoning, simple past and past participle reckoned)
- To count; to enumerate; to number; also, to compute; to calculate.
- ...then the priest shall reckon unto him the money according to the years that remain... --Lev. 27:18, King James Version.
- I reckoned above two hundred and fifty on the outside of the church. Joseph Addison.
- To count as in a number, rank, or series; to estimate by rank or quality; to place by estimation; to account; to esteem; to repute.
- He was reckoned among the transgressors. Luke 23:37, King James Version
- For him I reckon not in high estate. John Milton.
- To charge, attribute, or adjudge to one, as having a certain quality or value.
- ...faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. Romans 4:9, King James Version.
- Without her eccentricities being reckoned to her for a crime. Nathaniel Hawthorne.
- To conclude, as by an enumeration and balancing of chances; hence, to think; to suppose; -- followed by an objective clause;
- For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. --Romans 8:18, King James Version.
- Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin... --Romans 6:11, King James Version
- I reckon he won't try that again.
- (intransitive) To make an enumeration or computation; to engage in numbering or computing.
- To come to an accounting; to make up accounts; to settle; to examine and strike the balance of debt and credit; to adjust relations of desert or penalty.
- Parfay," sayst thou, sometime he reckon shall." Chaucer.
From Middle English rekenen, from Old English recenian (“to pay; arrange, dispose, reckon”) and ġerecenian (“to explain, recount, relate”); both from Proto-Germanic *rekanōną (“to count, explain”), from Proto-Germanic *rekanaz (“swift, ready, prompt”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃roǵéye- (“to straighten, direct”). Cognate with Scots rekkin (“to ennumerate, mention, narrate, rehearse, count, calculate, compute”), West Frisian rekkenje (“to account, tally, calculate, figure”), Dutch rekenen (“to count, calculate, reckon”), Low German rekenen (“to reckon”), German rechnen (“to count, reckon, calculate”), Swedish räkna (“to count, calculate, reckon”), Icelandic reikna (“to figure”). See also reck, reach.