- The definition of calculate is to use reason or common sense to determine something, or to use math to determine an answer.
- 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.
- 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
- Dialectal to think, suppose, guess, etc.
- ☆ Dialectal to have in mind (to go, do, etc.); intend
Origin: ; from Classical Latin calculatus, past participle of calculare, to reckon ; from calculus, pebble, stone used inch(es) doing arithmetic, diminutive of calx, limestone: see calcium
- to make a computation
- to rely or depend (on)
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verb cal·cu·lat·ed, cal·cu·lat·ing, cal·cu·lates verb, transitive
- 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 count on.
- To perform a mathematical process; figure: We must measure and calculate to determine how much paint will be needed.
- To predict consequences.
- Regional a. To suppose; guess.b. To count, depend, or rely on someone or something: We're calculating on your help.
Origin: Late Latin calculāre, calculāt-, from Latin calculus, small stone used in reckoning, diminutive of calx, calc-, small stone for gaming; see calx.
- calˈcu·laˌtive adjective