Word of the Day: reckon

Word of the Day
July 29, 2016
reckon (verb)
/ˈrɛkən/  sound icon
What do you reckon?
To reckon means 'to calculate or compute something.' It also means 'to consider someone or something as something' or 'to think or suppose something.' Reckon also means 'to expect or anticipate.'


Example sentences
Tom spent ages reckoning the figures.
Lisa is reckoned one of the top experts in her field.
Charlie reckons we'll have rain tonight.
The speaker was nervous; she hadn't reckoned on so many people coming to hear her talk.


Multi-word forms
reckon with: deal with. Example: "John has to reckon with these sorts of problems every day."
to be reckoned with: formidable, impressive. Example: "Those players are a team to be reckoned with; that's why they are at the top of the league."
Did you know?
As a synonym for think or considerreckon is used widely in British and Australian English, as well as in some US states (mainly in central and southern areas of the US). However, in many parts of the US, it is quite unusual to use reckon with this meaning. It is more informal than think and may suggest slightly more certainty, in that the speaker anticipates something rather than just thinking it is a possibility. This is related to the sense of reckon involving calculation; it suggests you have weighed up the chances and are saying what you think will happen based on the balance of probabilities. Example: "Do you think she'll be there tonight?" "Well, it's her sister's birthday party, so I reckon she will."
Reckon dates back to before the year 1000. In Old English, it first appeared as gerecenian, meaning 'to report or pay.' Later, it evolved into rekenen in Middle English, keeping the same meaning, before taking the shorter form we use today. It is related to the German verb rechnen, which means to compute or calculate.
Reckon in other languages
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