Language: Old English
Origin: gerecenian 'to tell, explain'


reck‧on S2 W3 [transitive not in progressive]
1 spoken especially British English to think or suppose something
reckon (that)
Do you reckon he'll agree to see us?
The police reckon that whoever killed Dad was with him earlier that day.
'There's nothing we can do about it.' 'You reckon (=used to express doubt or disagreement)?'
2 to guess a number or amount, without calculating it exactly
reckon (that)
We reckon that sitting in traffic jams costs us around $9 billion a year in lost output.
reckon something to be something
The average selling price for flats in the area was reckoned to be around £11,000.
3 [usually passive] to think that someone or something is a particular kind of person or thing
be reckoned to be something
The Lowsons were reckoned to be very good farmers.
Moving house is reckoned to be nearly as stressful as divorce.
be reckoned as something
An earthquake of magnitude 7 is reckoned as a major quake.
4 formal to calculate an amount:
The expression 'full moon' means the fourteenth day of the moon reckoned from its first appearance.

reckon on something

phrasal verb
to expect something to happen, when you are making plans:
We were reckoning on a profit of about half a million a year.
reckon on doing something
I was reckoning on getting at least 60% of the votes.

reckon something ↔ up

phrasal verb
to add up amounts, costs etc in order to get a total [= calculate]:
Pat was reckoning up the cost of everything in her mind.

reckon with somebody/something

phrasal verb

somebody/something to be reckoned with

someone or something that is powerful and must be regarded seriously as a possible opponent, competitor, danger etc:
Barcelona will be a force to be reckoned with this season.
The principal was certainly a woman to be reckoned with.

not reckon with somebody/something

to not consider a possible problem when you are making plans:
I had not reckoned with the excitement in the popular press.

have somebody/something to reckon with

to have to deal with someone or something powerful:
Any invader would have the military might of NATO to reckon with.

reckon without somebody/something

phrasal verb
if you are reckoning without something, you do not expect it and are not prepared for it:
They doubted that Fiona could finish the course, but they reckoned without her determination.

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