- If you think carefully about how to proceed in a negotiation, this is an example of when youcalculate your next move.
- If you add 2+2 and get 4, this is an example of when youcalculate.
The definition of calculate is to use reason or common sense to determine something, or to use math to determine an answer.
transitive verb-·lat·ed, -·lat·ing
- to determine by using mathematics; compute
- to reckon or determine by reasoning, evaluating, etc.; estimate; judge
- to plan or intend for a purpose: a tale calculated to mislead us
- Dial. to think, suppose, guess, etc.
- Dial. to have in mind (to go, do, etc.); intend
Origin of calculatefrom Classical Latin calculatus, past participle of calculare, to reckon from calculus, pebble, stone used in doing arithmetic, diminutive of calx, limestone: see calcium
- to make a computation
- to rely or depend (on)
verbcal·cu·lat·ed, cal·cu·lat·ing, cal·cu·lates
- To ascertain by computation; reckon: calculating the area of a circle; calculated their probable time of arrival.
- To make an estimate of; evaluate: calculating the team's chances of winning.
- To make for a deliberate purpose; design: a sturdy car that is calculated to last for years; a choice that was calculated to please.
- also cal'late Chiefly New England a. To suppose: “I cal'late she's a right smart cook” ( Dialect Notes )b. To plan, intend, or depend on.
- To perform a mathematical process; figure: We must measure and calculate to determine how much paint will be needed.
- Chiefly New England a. To suppose; guess.b. To count, depend, or rely on someone or something: We're calculating on your help.
Origin of calculateLate Latin calculāre calculāt- from Latin calculus small stone used in reckoning diminutive of calx calc- small stone for gaming ; see calx .
calculate compute reckon cipher figure
These verbs refer to the use of mathematical methods to determine a result. Calculate, the most comprehensive, often implies a relatively high level of abstraction or procedural complexity: The astronomer calculated the planet's position. Compute applies to possibly lengthy arithmetic operations: computing fees according to time spent. Reckon, cipher, and figure suggest the use of simple arithmetic: reckoned the number of hours before her departure; had to be taught to read and to cipher; trying to figure my share of the bill.
(third-person singular simple present calculates, present participle calculating, simple past and past participle calculated)
- (mathematics) To determine the value of something or the solution to something by a mathematical process.
- Calculate the square root of 3 to 10 decimal places.
- (intransitive, mathematics) To determine values or solutions by a mathematical process.
- (intransitive, US, dialect) To plan; to expect; to think.
- To ascertain or predict by mathematical or astrological computations the time, circumstances, or other conditions of; to forecast or compute the character or consequences of.
- to calculate or cast one's nativity
- To adjust for purpose; to adapt by forethought or calculation; to fit or prepare by the adaptation of means to an end.
- to calculate a system of laws for the government and protection of a free people