reckon

reckon
1. The inflected forms are reckoned, reckoning.
2. The use of reckon without any element of calculation or consideration as in I reckon it's time to go now has a tinge of the American south about it, although it was a standard use in literary English as recently as the 19c

• (I reckon, said Socrates, that no one…could accuse me of idle talking —Jowett translating Plato, 1875).

It is noteworthy that a word considered not so long ago as satisfactory for translating the conversation of Socrates should now be regarded as unacceptably informal for normal use, and one is left wondering whether the fortunes of the word in this meaning will change again and for the better. See also calculate.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Reckon — Reck on, v. i. 1. To make an enumeration or computation; to engage in numbering or computing. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To come to an accounting; to make up accounts; to settle; to examine and strike the balance of debt and credit; to adjust… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reckon on — ˈreckon on [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they reckon on he/she/it reckons on present participle reckoning on past tense reckoned on p …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

  • 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

  • reckon — ► VERB 1) calculate. 2) informal be of the opinion. 3) regard in a specified way. 4) (reckon on) rely on or be sure of. 5) (reckon with or without) take (or fail to take) into account …   English terms dictionary

  • 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

  • reckon — [v1] add up; evaluate account, appraise, approximate, calculate, call, cast, cipher, compute, conjecture, consider, count, count heads*, count noses*, deem, enumerate, esteem, estimate, figure, figure out, foot, gauge, guess, hold, judge, keep… …   New thesaurus

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

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