• To count; to enumerate; to number; also, to compute; to calculate.
  • 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.
  • To charge, attribute, or adjudge to one, as having a certain quality or value.
  • To conclude, as by an enumeration and balancing of chances; hence, to think; to suppose; -- followed by an objective clause
  • To reckon with something or somebody or not, i.e to reckon without something or somebody: to take into account, deal with, consider or not, i.e. to misjudge, ignore, not take into account, not deal with, not consider or fail to consider; e.g. reckon without one's host
  • To make an enumeration or computation; to engage in numbering or computing.
  • To come to an accounting; to draw up or settle accounts; to examine and strike the balance of debt and credit; to adjust relations of desert or penalty.



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  • From Middle English rekenen, from Old English recenian and ġerecenian; both from Proto-West Germanic *rekanōn, from Proto-West Germanic *rekan, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵ-.
  • Cognate with Scots rekkin ("to ennumerate, mention, narrate, rehearse, count, calculate, compute"), Saterland Frisian reekenje, West Frisian rekkenje ("to account, tally, calculate, figure"), Dutch rekenen ("to count, calculate, reckon"), German Low German reken ("to reckon"), German rechnen ("to count, reckon, calculate"), Swedish räkna ("to count, calculate, reckon"), Icelandic reikna ("to calculate"), Latin rectus. See also reck, reach.

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