verb (transitive not in progressive)
1 spoken especially BrE to think that something is a fact, or have a particular opinion about something: reckon (that): Wayne reckons we ought to call her. | Do you reckon they'll get married?
2 to guess a number or amount, without calculating it exactly: reckon how much/how many etc: How much do you reckon she earns? | reckon sth to be sth: The likely cost of the system is reckoned to be about -10,000. | be reckoned in thousands/millions: Her personal fortune is reckoned in millions.
3 formal to think that someone or something is a particular kind of person or thing: be reckoned to be sth: Julia is often reckoned to be the most beautiful woman in Hollywood. | reckon sb among/as: I reckon him among my friends.
4 formal to calculate an amount: My pay is reckoned from the first of the month.
reckon sth in phrasal verb (T) to include something when you are calculating: Have you reckoned in the cost of postage? reckon on sth phrasal verb (T) to expect something to happen when you are making plans: reckon on doing sth: We didn't reckon on spending so much on repairs. reckon sth up phrasal verb (T) old-fashioned to add up an amount, cost etc, in order to get a total: Can you reckon up the money we've made? reckon with sb/sth phrasal verb (T)
1 not reckon with to not consider a possible problem when you are making plans: We hadn't reckoned with the possibility that it might rain.
2 sb/sth to be reckoned with something or someone that is powerful and must be regarded seriously as a possible opponent, competitor, danger etc: The principal was certainly a woman to be reckoned with.
3 have sb/sth 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 sb/sth phrasal verb (T) BrE to not consider a possible problem when you are making plans: We had reckoned without the difficulty of selling the house.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.


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  • Reckon — Reck on (r[e^]k n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reckoned} (r[e^]k nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Reckoning}.] [OE. rekenen, AS. gerecenian to explain; akin to D. rekenen to reckon, G. rechnen, OHG. rehhan[=o]n (cf. Goth. rahnjan), and to E. reck, rake an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reckon — reck‧on [ˈrekən] verb [transitive] 1. to guess a number or amount that you know something about but have not calculated exactly: reckon something to be something • The deal is reckoned to be worth over $1.3 billion. 2. formal to calculate an… …   Financial and business terms

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  • reckon up — [phrasal verb] reckon up (something) or reckon (something) up chiefly Brit : to calculate the total number or amount of (something) He reckoned up the bill. • • • Main Entry: ↑reckon …   Useful english dictionary

  • reckon — O.E. gerecenian to recount, relate, from W.Gmc. * (ga)rekenojanan (Cf. O.Fris. rekenia, M.L.G. rekenen, O.H.G. rehhanon, Ger. rechnen, Goth. rahnjan to count, reckon ), from P.Gmc. *rakinaz ready, straightforward, from PIE *reg to move in a… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • reckon — [rek′ən] vt. [ME rekkenen < OE recenian, akin to Ger rechnen, to count < IE base * reĝ , to put in order, straight > RIGHT, L regere, to rule] 1. to count; figure up; compute 2. a) to consider as; regard as being [reckon them friends] b) …   English World dictionary

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  • reckon — index assess (appraise), calculate, consider, criticize (evaluate), determine, estimate, evaluate …   Law dictionary

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