# calculate

[kal-kyuh-leyt]

- to determine or ascertain by mathematical methods; compute: to calculate the velocity of light.
- to determine by reasoning, common sense, or practical experience; estimate; evaluate; gauge.
- to make suitable or fit for a purpose; adapt (usually used passively and with an infinitive): His remarks were calculated to inspire our confidence.
- Chiefly Northern U.S.
- to think; guess.
- to intend; plan.

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- to make a computation or form an estimate.
- to count or rely (usually followed by on or upon): They calculated on good weather.

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## Origin of calculate^{}

## Synonyms

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com1. count, figure, cast. 3. design, plan, intend, mean.

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# calculate

- to solve (one or more problems) by a mathematical procedure; compute
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to determine beforehand by judgment, reasoning, etc; estimate
- (tr; usually passive) to design specifically; aimthe car was calculated to appeal to women
- (intr; foll by on or upon) to depend; rely
- (tr; may take a clause as object) US dialect
- to suppose; think
- to intend (to do something)

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## Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin calculāre, from calculus pebble used as a counter; see calculus

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## Word Origin and History for pre-calculate

# calculate

### v.

1560s, "to compute, to estimate by mathematical means," from Latin calculatus, past participle of calculare "to reckon, compute," from calculus (see calculus). Meaning "to plan, devise" is from 1650s. Replaced earlier calculen (mid-14c.), from Old French calculer. Related: Calculable.

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