Definition of reckon in US English:



  • 1with object Establish by counting or calculation; calculate.

    ‘his debts were reckoned at $300,000’
    ‘the Byzantine year was reckoned from September 1’
    • ‘The rally, in which 150 crews competed, is reckoned to be worth €20m to the area.’
    • ‘And the rise in oil prices has also brought in higher oil revenues - reckoned on some calculations to be £2.9bn higher than forecast.’
    • ‘Hedge funds are now reckoned to hold some 75% of all quoted convertible bonds.’
    • ‘India is now reckoned to be home to about 10 million Bangladeshis.’
    • ‘The total indebtedness of the company is reckoned at 17 billion euros.’
    • ‘That value has now been reckoned at €20 per week which should result in an additional income of €20,000 to the board.’
    • ‘The costs of bringing the building to a level of working habitability are conservatively reckoned at £5m - before any serious fitting-out.’
    • ‘In parliament, support for the constitution was reckoned at 128 deputies, with just 22 opposed.’
    • ‘In the fourth quarter, business investment was reckoned to be growing by more than 20% at an annual rate.’
    • ‘In 2001, GDP - measured in the depreciated dollars of the day - was reckoned at just above $10 trillion.’
    • ‘The sustainable level - where there is enough cod spawning to replace themselves is reckoned at 150,000 tonnes.’
    • ‘Several hundred slaves roasted sheep in pit ovens, while the female dancers, like the warriors, were reckoned to number in their thousands.’
    • ‘He's reckoned to be Britain's ninth richest sportsman, with a fortune of £14m.’
    • ‘The authors also note that wildlife is reckoned to be the biggest source of income in Laotian villages after fishing.’
    calculate, compute, work out, put a figure on, figure, number, quantify
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    1. 1.1reckon someone/something among Include someone or something in (a class or group)
      ‘in high school and college he was always reckoned among the brainiest’
      • ‘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
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  • 2informal with clause Conclude after calculation; be of the opinion.

    ‘he reckons that the army should pull out entirely’
    ‘I reckon I can manage that’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kenneth likes school and reckons that it is not hard.’
    • ‘He reckons that the answer lies in promoting ‘civility, mutual respect, a semblance of decency’.’
    • ‘Bernie is aware of the danger, but doesn't reckon there will be a repeat performance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Analysts reckon the business could be worth around £100m, says the paper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I reckon this happens a lot more than most people believe.’
    • ‘Additionally, some experts reckon that many Britons have lost their basic kitchen skills!’
    • ‘If bond prices rise, it could imply that experts reckon economic conditions are deteriorating.’
    • ‘Reid reckons that she has created something unique.’
    • ‘She reckons that, initially, this helped her relax.’
    • ‘Byrne now reckons it was not such a bad time to set up in business.’
    • ‘The analysts reckon consumer demand for laptops and notepads was behind the modest upturn.’
    • ‘But one local resident reckons that's not the case and insists a survey carried out last year said the trees could last another 50 years.’
    • ‘The company reckons ID theft costs the UK economy £1.3 billion per year.’
    • ‘He reckons that as few as 10% of the companies he sees think about making a claim, whereas a much higher percentage have a valid case.’
    • ‘I always reckon there should be at least one impulse buy when looking for plants.’
    • ‘He reckons that men shouldn't use it, but women should.’
    • ‘Some 5-10 million machines will be produced next year, analysts reckon.’
    • ‘Peggy reckons that she doesn't have to pretend.’
    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
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    1. 2.1with object and complement Consider or regard in a specified way.
      ‘it was generally reckoned a failure’
      • ‘But more than 1/3 of the population is still reckoned to be chronically malnourished.’
      • ‘Through his collection, he would be showing his painstakingly done works of embroidery for which he is reckoned to be among the best.’
      • ‘I want everybody to give me a second chance, and reckon me as a friend.’
      • ‘Sweden is not generally reckoned to have a particularly disadvantaged working class.’
      • ‘But their failure to consider environmental issues must be reckoned a serious omission.’
      • ‘The costs are reckoned to be high and are probably underestimated.’
      • ‘He was a loyal supporter when Labour were reckoned to be unelectable, when a party leader would have lost his deposit if he had tried to muster showbiz votes for the cause.’
      • ‘His first novel, published in 1987, was reckoned to be one of the finest literary debuts of the decade.’
      • ‘But in Mysore it seems the liberal arts were reckoned to be at least as attractive.’
      • ‘I've driven in Paris, in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, in Rome and in Athens, all of them reckoned to be nightmarish.’
      • ‘They have all the flair you would expect up front, but their defence is reckoned to be deeply suspect.’
      • ‘Majid, a cricket buff, is reckoned to be a good cricketer who has all the talent to represent the state in interstate championships.’
      • ‘While these titles are indeed fitting, I believe that James must also be reckoned as a significant novelist in her own right.’
      regard as, consider, judge, hold to be, view, think of as, look on as
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  • 3reckon onno object Rely on or be sure of doing, having, or dealing with.

    ‘they had reckoned on a day or two more of privacy’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However they had not reckoned on the scoring power of Ballina.’
    • ‘You can look at countless examples of that, of books that have lasted that you wouldn't have reckoned on lasting.’
    • ‘We're reckoning on a two to three-year project this time, giving us time for a bit of a life outside the project.’
    • ‘Something I'd not reckoned on is the rather fine view of the old ranch house, snuggled down on the ridge of its unremarkable and unnamed hill and looking really rather attractive.’
    • ‘The idiots had reckoned on half a million turning up every year, but in 2004 only 30,000 went through the turnstiles.’
    • ‘The family home was sold for £75,000, and with the little equity from that and Andy's redundancy money, they reckoned on having enough to tide them through 12 months of their new life.’
    • ‘But the German state of Saxony alone puts the damage caused by the floods there at 16 billion euros; Austria reckons on a cleanup bill of 2 billion euros; the Czech Republic 3 billion and Hungary and Slovakia over 100 million.’
    • ‘They reckoned on getting an extra 150,000 people to the ballot box - and won the state by just over 146,000 votes.’
    • ‘He reckons on a traditional repertoire of over 100 poems and a good sense of humour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well prepared and very fit, we reckoned on eating 4000 calories a day.’
    • ‘Its first business plan reckoned on 250,000 visitors a year, but that was reduced to 135,000 after the award was made.’
    • ‘But they hadn't reckoned on the strength of Ballinrobe, who hammered them by 17 points in the final.’
    • ‘But they had not reckoned on the quality of the players Allardyce assembled and, importantly, the team spirit.’
    • ‘‘You have to give yourself a bit of time, which is why I reckoned on two years,’ he said.’
    • ‘What no-one in the Executive reckoned on was that the minister's outburst was witnessed by two other guests.’
    • ‘The enemy had not reckoned on the resilience of young Americans, whose grit, loyalty, and mordant humor saw them through the worst.’
    • ‘‘I'm reckoning on having the house on the market in two or three weeks,’ he said.’
    • ‘In an operation like this, the leadership reckons on a 10 per cent casualty rate for it to be successful.’
    rely on, depend on, count on, place reliance on, bargain on, plan on, reckon on, calculate on, presume on
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    1. 3.1informal with infinitive Expect to do a particular thing.
      ‘I reckon to get away by two-thirty’
      • ‘I timed the auction to end on the evening of Christmas Day, reckoning to catch those folks who will by then have retired to their computer to get away from the festivities and the family jollity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘She reckons to save about £100 a year on parking in town in this way.’
      • ‘York City defender Chris Smith reckons to have overcome his biggest hurdle on the long road to full fitness.’
      • ‘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 reckoned to survey Danefield Ward on the issue and we are told 90 per cent of the people living there are against the proposals.’
      • ‘He comes to town to shop for various goods and reckons to add a wife to that goods list.’
      expect, anticipate, hope to, be looking to
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  • 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’
      • ‘This youngster is a force to reckon with in the sub-junior and junior categories.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For all the reasons I've stated, my mother is a woman to reckon with but none of these are the reasons why I think my mother is a very special human being.’
      important, of considerable importance, not to be ignored, significant, considerable
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Phrasal Verbs

  • reckon with (or without)

    • 1Take (or fail to take) into account.

      ‘it must reckon with two great challenges’
      • ‘Unfortunately we had reckoned without the Texas weather, which decided to bucket down with rain all morning.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But the yobs reckoned without the residents' steely determination.’
      • ‘However, they would have reckoned without the quality of Mark Bowman's leadership, and under-estimated his capacity to inspire his troops, not least by his own example.’
      • ‘The future looks bleak but she reckons without teenage daughter Sorrel's last-ditch attempts to save them both.’
      • ‘Such doom-saying has reckoned without the capacity of the capitalist economy for readjustment and reinvention, and without the ever-renewing spring of human optimism.’
      • ‘But here they failed to reckon with the talents of Archimedes or to foresee that in some cases the genius of one man is far more effective than superiority in numbers.’
      • ‘But that reckons without the special talent which is Thierry Henry.’
      • ‘But the soothsayers had reckoned without one factor, the indomitable will that separates the titans from the also-rans.’
      • ‘The visiting fans were celebrating what they believed would be their first Old Trafford win for 20 years - but they had reckoned without Solskjaer.’
      • ‘I failed to reckon with the desperate ingenuity of a doomed industry - and the utter shamelessness of the Republican patrons of that doomed industry.’
      • ‘The airline originally attempted to triple the fee for the ticket change, but reckoned without Gabereau's ability to make a fuss.’
      • ‘But he had reckoned without the strength of feeling of ordinary Londoners who were determined that the march should not pass.’
      • ‘But maybe that is to reckon without ITV's proven ability to deliver light entertainment in consistently viewer-winning formats.’
      • ‘That assessment may have proved correct but it reckoned without Canada's tenacity.’
      • ‘But she reckoned without the lawyers who mounted an action in the High Court attacking the legislation and seeking to have it set aside.’
      • ‘But this was to reckon without Spielberg's determination.’
      • ‘Critics predicted that their resale prices would crash, but they had reckoned without the property boom and without Carroll's skill when it comes to site selection.’
      • ‘He said he had a strong feeling England would carry the day but that he'd reckoned without the referee's eyesight.’
      • ‘But what everyone failed to reckon with was not only the impassioned sentiments of segregationist whites, but also those of Mrs. Richardson.’
      deal with, cope with, contend with, handle, face, face up to
      take into account, take into consideration, bargain for, bargain on, allow for, anticipate, foresee, be prepared for, plan for
      overlook, ignore, fail to take account of, fail to anticipate, disregard, lose sight of, fail to notice
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    • 2Settle accounts with.

      • ‘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’.