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

  • transitive v. To count or compute: reckon the cost. See Synonyms at calculate.
  • transitive v. To consider as being; regard as. See Synonyms at consider.
  • transitive v. Informal To think or assume.
  • intransitive v. To make a calculation; figure.
  • intransitive v. To rely with confident expectancy. See Synonyms at rely.
  • intransitive v. Informal To think or assume.
  • reckon with To take into account or deal with: a man to be reckoned with.
  • reckon without To fail to consider or deal with; ignore.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To count; to enumerate; to number; also, to compute; to calculate.
  • v. 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.
  • v. To charge, attribute, or adjudge to one, as having a certain quality or value.
  • v. To conclude, as by an enumeration and balancing of chances; hence, to think; to suppose; -- followed by an objective clause;
  • v. To make an enumeration or computation; to engage in numbering or computing.
  • v. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make an enumeration or computation; to engage in numbering or computing.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To count; to enumerate; to number; also, to compute; to calculate.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To charge, attribute, or adjudge to one, as having a certain quality or value.
  • transitive v. To conclude, as by an enumeration and balancing of chances; hence, to think; to suppose; -- followed by an objective clause.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To count, or count up; compute; calculate; tell over by items or one by one: often with up.
  • To take into account; include in an account or category; set to one's account; impute; charge or credit.
  • To take account of; inquire into; consider.
  • To hold in estimation as; regard; consider as being.
  • Synonyms To enumerate, cast, cast up.
  • 1 and Compute, Count, etc. (see calculate).
  • To make a computation; cast up an account; figure up.
  • To make an accounting; settle accounts; come to an adjustment or to terms: commonly followed by with.
  • To give an account of one's self; make an explanation.
  • To take account of the points or details of a subject; reason; discriminate.
  • To base a calculation or expectation; rely; count; depend: with on or upon.
  • To hold a supposition or impression; have a notion; think; suppose; guess: as, I reckon a storm is coming.
  • To expect; intend.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. judge to be probable
  • v. have faith or confidence in
  • v. take account of
  • v. expect, believe, or suppose
  • v. deem to be
  • v. make a mathematical calculation or computation

Etymologies

Middle English reknen, from Old English gerecenian, to recount, arrange.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English rekenen, from Old English recenian ("to pay; arrange, dispose, reckon") and ġerecenian ("to explain, recount, relate"); both from Proto-Germanic *rekanōnan (“to count, explain”), from Proto-Germanic *rekanaz (“swift, ready, prompt”), from Proto-Indo-European *reǵ- (“to straighten, direct”). 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 figure"). See also reck. (Wiktionary)

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