Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive & intransitive verb To take heed of or to have caution.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb Archaic To make account; to take heed; to care; to mind; -- often followed by of.
  • transitive verb Archaic To make account of; to care for; to heed; to regard.
  • transitive verb Poetic To concern; -- used impersonally.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To make account of; to care for; to heed; to regard; consider.
  • verb intransitive To care; to matter.
  • verb To concern, to be important
  • verb intransitive, obsolete To think.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English recken, from Old English reccan; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

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  • There is a "Lesage question" as there is an "Homeric question." But of this the public recks little.

    - William Morton Fullerton, introduction to The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santilane, Lesage (tr. Smollett), Routledge & Sons, 1912

    September 11, 2008