verb

- 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.

## calculate

-·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 calculate

; from 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*)

## calculate

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 depend on.

verb

, intransitive- 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 calculate

Late Latin*calculare*

*, calculat-*, from Latin

*calculus*,

*small stone used in reckoning*, diminutive of

*calx*

*, calc-*,

*small stone for gaming*; see

**calx**.

*Related Forms:*

**cal′cu·la′tive**adjective

## calculate

Verb

(*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*