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Reck \Reck\ (r[e^]k), v. i. To make account; to take heed; to care; to mind; -- often followed by of. [Archaic]

Then reck I not, when I have lost my life.

I reck not though I end my life to-day.

Of me she recks not, nor my vain desire.
--M. Arnold.


Reck \Reck\ (r[e^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Recked (r[e^]kt) (obs. imp. Roughte); p. pr. & vb. n. Recking.] [AS. reccan, r[=e]can, to care for; akin to OS. r[=o]kian, OHG. ruochan, G. geruhen, Icel. r[ae]kja, also to E. reckon, rake an implement. See Rake, and cf. Reckon.]

  1. To make account of; to care for; to heed; to regard.

    This son of mine not recking danger.
    --Sir P. Sidney.

    And may you better reck the rede Than ever did the adviser.

  2. To concern; -- used impersonally. [Poetic]

    What recks it them?

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English reccan (2) "take care of, be interested in, care for; have regard to, take heed of; to care, heed; desire (to do something)" (strong verb, past tense rohte, past participle rought), from West Germanic *rokjan, from Proto-Germanic *rokja- (cognates: Old Saxon rokjan, Middle Dutch roeken, Old Norse rækja "to care for," Old High German giruochan "to care for, have regard to," German geruhen "to deign," which is influenced by ruhen "to rest").\n\nAnd in that very moment, away behind in some courtyard of the City, a cock crowed. Shrill and clear he crowed, recking nothing of wizardry or war, welcoming only the morning that in the sky far above the shadows of death was coming with the dawn.

[J.R.R. Tolkien, "Return of the King," 1955]

\nThe -k- sound is probably a northern influence from Norse. No known cognates outside Germanic. "From its earliest appearance in Eng., reck is almost exclusively employed in negative or interrogative clauses" [OED]. Related: Recked; recking.

"care, heed, consideration," 1560s, from reck (v.).


vb. 1 (context transitive English) To make account of; to care for; to heed; to regard; consider. 2 (context intransitive English) To care; to matter. 3 To concern, to be important 4 (context intransitive obsolete English) To think.


Reversion-inducing-cysteine-rich protein with kazal motifs, also known as RECK, is a human gene, thought to be a metastasis suppressor.

Usage examples of "reck".

No way Reck would have anything to do with the Vong after what they did to Chewie.

The boss has learned that the human you were asking about - the one called Reck Desh - has an operation planned for Bilbringi.

The alternative was to find public transport to Bilbringi and nose around for clues as to what Reck was up to.

Peace Brigade member met Reck Desh and his heavily armed escort as they emerged from the docking bay.

The man nodded when he found the proper channel, and Reck switched on the handheld device.

Even after all the years, Reck Desh was recognizable by his cocky gait and full sleeve of tattoos.

Han moved toward the intersection Reck and company had passed through.

With no plan in mind, other than to finish things with Reck, Han started around the corner.

Han caught a glimpse of Reck turning toward him as he disappeared into another corridor and straight into the blaster sights of two more Peace Brigaders.

Han and Droma started to raise his disrupter rifle, but Reck restrained him.

Hans Reck, in Bed II of Olduvai Gorge, and some fossil human femurs discovered by Richard Leakey at Lake Turkana, Kenya, in a formation slightly older than Bed I at Olduvai.

An important skeleton discovered by Hans Reck at Olduvai Gorge also disappeared from a museum.

In 1913, Professor Hans Reck, of Berlin University, conducted investigations at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, then German East Africa.

He called Reck, who then had the skeleton taken out in a solid block of hard sediment.

In 1931, Leakey and Reck visited the site where the skeleton had been found.