Verb, Intransitive Verb.
1: Worry, Care. To have care, concern or regard. 1b: To take heed.
2: archaic: to be of account or interest: Matter.
1: archaic: to care for; regard.
2: archaic: to matter to: concern.
[Origin: Middle English, to take heed, from Old English reccan; akin to Old Norse roekja to have care, German (ge)ruhen to deign, akin to Old High German ruohhen to take heed.]
(Before 12th Century.)
Note: I grew up using reck and reckon. I still use reckon, because most people recognize it, but I had to give up reck, it’s unfortunately been lost to most people. I would say I don’t reck instead of I don’t care, and doesn’t reck rather than doesn’t matter.
Verb, Transitive Verb
1a: count <reckon the days to Christmas> b: estimate, compute. c: to determine by reference to a fixed basis.
2: to regard or think of as: consider.
3: chiefly dialectal: think, suppose.
1: to settle accounts.
2: to make a calculation.
3a: judge b: chiefly dialectal: suppose, think.
4: to accept something as certain: place reliance.
-reckon with: to take into consideration.
-reckon without: to fail to consider: ignore.
[Origin: Middle English rekenen, from Old English –recenian (as in gerecenian to narrate); akin to Old English reccan.]
The girl had the good grace to blush. “I came in to get a Valentine’s card,” she said, “only I can’t choose. Look.” She pointed to the display near the counter. “Funny, sexy, or romantic – what d’you reckon?” – The Witch’s Daughter, by Paula Brackston.