reckoning with

reckon

[rek-uhn]
verb (used with object)
1.
to count, compute, or calculate, as in number or amount.
2.
to esteem or consider; regard as: to be reckoned an authority in the field.
3.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. to think or suppose.
verb (used without object)
4.
to count; make a computation or calculation.
5.
to settle accounts, as with a person (often followed by up ).
6.
to count, depend, or rely, as in expectation (often followed by on ).
7.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. to think or suppose.
Verb phrases
8.
reckon with,
a.
to include in consideration or planning; anticipate: He hadn't reckoned with so many obstacles.
b.
to deal with: I have to reckon with many problems every day.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English rekenen, Old English gerecenian (attested once) to report, pay; cognate with German rechnen to compute

reckonable, adjective
outreckon, verb (used with object)
prereckon, verb (used with object)
underreckon, verb (used with object)
unreckon, verb (used with object)
unreckonable, adjective
unreckoned, adjective


1. enumerate. 2. account, deem, estimate, judge.
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reckon (ˈrɛkən)
 
vb (foll by with)
1.  to calculate or ascertain by calculating; compute
2.  (tr) to include; count as part of a set or class: I reckon her with the angels
3.  (usually passive) to consider or regard: he is reckoned clever
4.  (when tr, takes a clause as object) to think or suppose; be of the opinion: I reckon you don't know where to go next
5.  to settle accounts (with)
6.  (intr; foll by with or without) to take into account or fail to take into account: the bully reckoned without John's big brother
7.  (intr; foll by on or upon) to rely or depend: I reckon on your support in this crisis
8.  slang (tr) to regard as good: I don't reckon your chances of success
9.  informal (tr) to have a high opinion of: she was sensitive to bad reviews, even from people she did not reckon
10.  to be reckoned with of considerable importance or influence
 
[Old English (ge)recenian recount; related to Old Frisian rekenia, Old High German rehhanón to count]

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reckon
O.E. gerecenian "to recount, relate," from W.Gmc. *(ga)rekenojanan (cf. O.Fris. rekenia, M.L.G. rekenen, O.H.G. rehhanon, Ger. rechnen, Goth. rahnjan "to count, reckon"), from P.Gmc. *rakinaz "ready, straightforward," from PIE *reg- "to move in a straight line." I reckon, used parenthetically, is now
dialectal (Southern U.S.), but dates from c.1600 and formerly was in literary use (Richardson, etc.). Related: Reckoning (c.1300).
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