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  1. reckverb

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

  2. reckverb

    To care; to matter.

  3. reckverb

    To concern, to be important

    It recks not!

  4. reckverb

    To think.

  5. Etymology: From recken, rekken, reken, from reccan, recan, from rōkijanan, from rēǵ-. Cognate with roken, ruken, geruhen, rækja, røgte.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Reckverb

    To heed; to care for.

    This son of mine, not recking danger, and neglecting the present good way he was in of doing himself good, came hither to do this kind office to my unspeakable grief. Philip Sidney.

    If I do lose thee, I do lose a thing,
    That none but fools would reck. William Shakespeare.

    Do not you as ungracious parsons do,
    Who shew the steep and thorny way to heav’n;
    Yet like unthinking reckless libertines,
    That in the soft path of dalliance treads,
    Recks not his own rede. William Shakespeare.

  2. To RECKverb

    To care; to heed; to mind; to rate at much; to be in care. Out of use. Reck is still retained in Scotland .

    Etymology: recan , Saxon.

    Thou’s but a lazy loorde,
    And recks much of thy swinke,
    That with fond terms and witless words,
    To bleer mine eyes do’st think. Edmund Spenser.

    Good or bad,
    What do I reck, sith that he dy’d entire. Fairy Queen.

    I reck as little what betideth me,
    As much I wish all good befortune you. William Shakespeare.

    Of night or loneliness it recks me not;
    I fear the dread events that dog them both,
    Lest some ill-greeting touch attempt the person
    Of our unowned sister. John Milton.

    With that care lost
    Went all his fear; of God, or hell or worse
    He reck’d not. John Milton.


  1. RECK

    Reversion-inducing-cysteine-rich protein with kazal motifs, also known as RECK, is a human gene, thought to be a metastasis suppressor. The protein encoded by this gene is a cysteine-rich, extracellular protein with protease inhibitor-like domains whose expression is suppressed strongly in many tumors and cells transformed by various kinds of oncogenes. In normal cells, this membrane-anchored glycoprotein may serve as a negative regulator for matrix metalloproteinase-9, a key enzyme involved in tumor invasion and metastasis. It is one of the targets of an oncomiR, MIRN21.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reckverb

    to make account of; to care for; to heed; to regard

  2. Reckverb

    to concern; -- used impersonally

  3. Reckverb

    to make account; to take heed; to care; to mind; -- often followed by of

  4. Etymology: [AS. reccan, rcan, to care for; akin to OS. rkian, OHG. ruochan, G. geruhen, Icel. rkja, also to E. reckon, rake an implement. See Rake, and cf. Reckon.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reck

    rek, v.t. to care for: to regard.—v.i. (usually with not, and fol. by of) care: heed.—adj. Reck′less, careless: heedless of consequences: rash.—adv. Reck′lessly.—ns. Reck′lessness; Reck′ling, a reckless person: the weakest in a litter: a helpless babe.—adj. stunted.—It recks (Milt.), it concerns. [A.S. récan, from a root seen in Old High Ger. ruoh, care, Ger. ruchlos, regardless.]

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  1. RECK

    What does RECK stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the RECK acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. RECK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Reck is ranked #10215 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Reck surname appeared 3,155 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Reck.

    94.7% or 2,990 total occurrences were White.
    1.8% or 59 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 41 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 29 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.7% or 25 total occurrences were Black.
    0.3% or 11 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reck in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reck in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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