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Related to reckon with: defer to, turn up, come to fruition, give rise to, pick up on
reckon with someone or something
to deal with someone or something; to cope with someone or something. I have to reckon with the troublesome Mr. Johnson this afternoon. Mary knew just exactly how she had to reckon with the bill collector.
reckon with somebody/something
to consider the influence or power that someone or something has He failed to reckon with the bureaucratic skills of the military. You have to reckon with these angry people who just don't like change of any kind.
1. Take into account, be prepared for, as in The third-party movement is a force to be reckoned with during the primaries. This usage was first recorded in 1885.
2. Deal with, as in Your lost wallet isn't the only problem we have to reckon with. Also see take into account.
To take someone or something into account; deal with someone or something: The new governor will have to reckon with a large budget deficit. Now that this candidate has the support of the unions, she is definitely someone to be reckoned with.