reck (recks, present participle recking; past and past participle recked)

  1. (transitive or intransitive, archaic) To make account of; to care for; to heed, regard, consider.
    • 1603, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act 1, Scene 3:
      Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
      Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,
      Whiles, like a puffed and reckless libertine,
      Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,
      And recks not his own rede.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, Chapter 13:
      Little recked he perhaps for what she felt, that dull aching void in her heart sometimes, piercing to the core.
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book II, line 50:
      ...with that care lost
      went all his fear: of God, or hell, or worse
      he recked not...
    • 1822, John E. Hall (ed.), The Port Folio, vol. XIV:
      Little thou reck'st of this sad store!
      Would thou might never reck them more!
    • 1900, Ernest Dowson, Villanelle of Marguerite's, lines 10-11:
      She knows us not, nor recks if she enthrall
      With voice and eyes and fashion of her hair […]
  2. (transitive or intransitive, archaic, dialectal) To concern, to be important or earnest.
    hit#Etymology 2|Hit ne recketh! (= It recks not!'')
    • 1637, John Milton, Lycidas:
      What recks it them?
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To think.

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