# Calculate meaning

kălkyə-lāt
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To make an estimate of; evaluate.

Calculating the team's chances of winning.

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To rely or depend (on)
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To reckon or determine by reasoning, evaluating, etc.; estimate; judge.
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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 you calculate your next move.

If you add 2+2 and get 4, this is an example of when you calculate.

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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.

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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.

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(intransitive, mathematics) To determine values or solutions by a mathematical process.
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To perform a mathematical process; figure.

We must measure and calculate to determine how much paint will be needed.

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(dial.) To have in mind (to go, do, etc.); intend.
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To ascertain by computation; reckon.

Calculating the area of a circle; calculated their probable time of arrival.

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To make for a deliberate purpose; design.

A sturdy car that is calculated to last for years; a choice that was calculated to please.

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To determine by using mathematics; compute.
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To plan or intend for a purpose.

A tale calculated to mislead us.

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(dial.) To think, suppose, guess, etc.
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To make a computation.
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(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.

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(intransitive, US, dialect) To plan; to expect; to think.
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## Origin of calculate

• Late Latin calculāre calculāt- from Latin calculus small stone used in reckoning diminutive of calx calc- small stone for gaming calx

### From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

• From Latin calculātus, perfect passive participle of calculō (“I reckon, originally by means of pebbles”), from calculus (“a pebble”).