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If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier that other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.
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Old English rekenen, gerecenian (to explain); akin to Dutch rekenen, German rechnen, Old High German rahnjan, and to English reck, rake; the original sense probably being, to bring together, count together. See reck.



to reckon

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to reckon (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To count; to enumerate; to number; also, to compute; to calculate.
    The priest shall reckon to him the money according to the years that remain. Lev. xxvii. 18.
    I reckoned above two hundred and fifty on the outside of the church. Addison.
  2. 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.
    He was reckoned among the transgressors. Luke xxii. 37.
    For him I reckon not in high estate. Milton.
  3. To charge, attribute, or adjudge to one, as having a certain quality or value.
    Faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. Rom. iv. 9.
    Without her eccentricities being reckoned to her for a crime. Hawthorne.
  4. (colloquial) To conclude, as by an enumeration and balancing of chances; hence, to think; to suppose; -- followed by an objective clause;
    I reckon he won't try that again.
  5. (intransitive) To make an enumeration or computation; to engage in numbering or computing.
  6. 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.
    Parfay," sayst thou, sometime he reckon shall." Chaucer.

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reckon” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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