- 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
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Examples from the Web for calculate
It is impossible to calculate the full effect that watching this on television, listening on the radio must have had on Sam.How Martin Luther King Jr. Influenced Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’
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 Million
Lawrence 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.The Truth About Salt: Should You Shake the Habit?
May 5, 2014
There is also an argument that it makes more sense to calculate consumption rather than income.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows, April 27
April 27, 2014
In some parts of the world it's virtually impossible to calculate the number of executions.Florida Drags Down U.S. on Amnesty International’s Global Death Penalty Report
March 27, 2014
As near as I can calculate, about thirty-five different families have that pleasure.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
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, Complete
I calculate I've got the funnyest lot of chickens you ever heerd tell on.
Wall, from what I could see of the game I calculate they needed all of them.
- 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 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.