from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take heed of or to have caution.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make account of; to care for; to heed; to regard; consider.
- v. To care; to matter.
- v. To concern, to be important
- v. To think.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make account of; to care for; to heed; to regard.
- transitive v. To concern; -- used impersonally.
- intransitive v. To make account; to take heed; to care; to mind; -- often followed by of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take heed; have a care; mind; heed; care: usually in a negative clause, often followed by of.
- To think.
- To take heed of; care for; regard; consider: be concerned about.
Middle English recken, from Old English reccan; see reg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English recken, rekken, reken, from Old English rēccan, rēcan, from Proto-Germanic *rōkijanan (“to care, take care”), from Proto-Indo-European *rēǵ-, *rēg- (“to care, help”). Cognate with Low German roken, ruken ("to reck, care"), German geruhen ("to deign, condescend"), Icelandic rækja ("to care, regard, discharge"), Danish røgte ("to care, tend"). (Wiktionary)