# calculate

- 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.

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

## Origin of calculate

## Synonyms for calculate

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com## Related Words for calculate

count, guess, consider, reckon, tally, forecast, adjust, gauge, determine, measure, multiply, weigh, subtract, appraise, assume, anticipate, account, assay, divide, figure## Examples from the Web for calculate

### Contemporary Examples of calculate

It is impossible to calculate the full effect that watching this on television, listening on the radio must have had on Sam.

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December 28, 2014

More than a year ago, we asked experts to calculate the cost of electing a Congress in 2016 that would pass fundamental reform.

Our New SuperPAC Is Going to Change American Politics for $12 MillionLawrence Lessig, Mark McKinnon

June 6, 2014

A nutritionist can also help you calculate your consumption with a food diary, and can pinpoint your top sources of sodium.

There is also an argument that it makes more sense to calculate consumption rather than income.

In some parts of the world it's virtually impossible to calculate the number of executions.

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March 27, 2014

### Historical Examples of calculate

As near as I can calculate, about thirty-five different families have that pleasure.

Ester Ried Yet SpeakingIsabella Alden

But it is of no use to try and calculate the vast advantage of Fiscal expansion.

I did not think I was robbed; because the money, when we came to calculate, was all right.

Night and Morning, CompleteEdward Bulwer-Lytton

I calculate I've got the funnyest lot of chickens you ever heerd tell on.

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Wall, from what I could see of the game I calculate they needed all of them.

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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)

## Word Origin for calculate

## Word Origin and History for calculate

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.