[ kal-kyuh-ley-ting ]
/ ˈkæl kyəˌleɪ tɪŋ /


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.

Origin of calculating

First recorded in 1800–10; calculate + -ing2

Related forms

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

Definition for calculating (2 of 2)


[ kal-kyuh-leyt ]
/ ˈkæl kyəˌleɪt /

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 forms

pre·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 (1 of 2)


/ (ˈkælkjʊˌleɪtɪŋ) /


selfishly scheming
shrewd; cautious

Derived Forms

calculatingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for calculating (2 of 2)


/ (ˈkælkjʊˌleɪt) /


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 Forms

calculative (ˈkælkjʊlətɪv), adjective

Word Origin for calculate

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