capable of or made for performing calculations, especially arithmetical calculations: a calculating machine.
shrewd; cautious: a wise and calculating lawyer.
selfishly scheming: a cold and calculating dictator.

Nearby words

  1. calcspar,
  2. calculable,
  3. calculate,
  4. calculated,
  5. calculated risk,
  6. calculating machine,
  7. calculation,
  8. calculator,
  9. calculatory,
  10. calculosis

Origin of calculating

First recorded in 1800–10; calculate + -ing2

Related formscal·cu·lat·ing·ly, adverbnon·cal·cu·lat·ing, adjectiveun·cal·cu·lat·ing, adjectiveun·cal·cu·lat·ing·ly, adverb



verb (used with object), cal·cu·lat·ed, cal·cu·lat·ing.

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.
  1. to think; guess.
  2. to intend; plan.

verb (used without object), cal·cu·lat·ed, cal·cu·lat·ing.

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

1560–70; < Late Latin calculātus reckoned (past participle of calculāre), equivalent to calculus pebble (see calculus) + -ātus -ate1

Related formspre·cal·cu·late, verb (used with object), pre·cal·cu·lat·ed, pre·cal·cu·lat·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for calculating



selfishly scheming
shrewd; cautious
Derived Formscalculatingly, adverb



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
  1. to suppose; think
  2. to intend (to do something)
Derived Formscalculative (ˈkælkjʊlətɪv), adjective

Word Origin for calculate

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

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Word Origin and History for calculating
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