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From Middle English rekenen, from Old English recenian ‎(to pay; arrange, dispose, reckon) and ġerecenian ‎(to explain, recount, relate); both from Proto-Germanic *rekanōną ‎(to count, explain), from Proto-Germanic *rekanaz ‎(swift, ready, prompt), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵ-.

Cognate with Scots rekkin ‎(to ennumerate, mention, narrate, rehearse, count, calculate, compute), West Frisian rekkenje ‎(to account, tally, calculate, figure), Dutch rekenen ‎(to count, calculate, reckon), Low German rekenen ‎(to reckon), German rechnen ‎(to count, reckon, calculate), Swedish räkna ‎(to count, calculate, reckon), Icelandic reikna ‎(to calculate). See also reck, reach.



reckon ‎(third-person singular simple present reckons, present participle reckoning, simple past and past participle reckoned)

  1. To count; to enumerate; to number; also, to compute; to calculate.
    • ...then the priest shall reckon unto him the money according to the years that remain... --Lev. 27:18, King James Version.
    I reckoned above two hundred and fifty on the outside of the church. Joseph Addison.
  2. To count as in a number, rank, or series; to estimate by rank or quality; to place by estimation; to account; to esteem; to repute.
    • He was reckoned among the transgressors. Luke 23:37, King James Version
    • For him I reckon not in high estate. John Milton.
  3. To charge, attribute, or adjudge to one, as having a certain quality or value.
    • was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. Romans 4:9, King James Version.
    • Without her eccentricities being reckoned to her for a crime. Nathaniel Hawthorne.
  4. To conclude, as by an enumeration and balancing of chances; hence, to think; to suppose; -- followed by an objective clause;
    • For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. --Romans 8:18, King James Version.
    • Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin... --Romans 6:11, King James Version
    • I reckon he won't try that again.
  5. (intransitive) To make an enumeration or computation; to engage in numbering or computing.
  6. To come to an accounting; to make up accounts; to settle; to examine and strike the balance of debt and credit; to adjust relations of desert or penalty.
    • Parfay," sayst thou, sometime he reckon shall." Chaucer.

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