# calculate

## cal·cu·late

*verb*\ˈkal-kyə-ˌlāt\

: to find (a number, answer, etc.) by using mathematical processes

: to get a general idea about the value, size, or cost of (something)

**cal·cu·lat·ed**

**cal·cu·lat·ing**

## Full Definition of *CALCULATE*

transitive verb

1

*a*

**:**to determine by mathematical processes <

*calculate*the rate of acceleration>

*b*

**:**to reckon by exercise of practical judgment

**:**estimate <

*calculate*the likelihood of success>

*c*

**:**to solve or probe the meaning of

**:**figure out <trying to

*calculate*his expression — Hugh MacLennan>

2

**:**to design or adapt for a purpose <he carefully

*calculated*the timing of his arrival for maximum impact>

3

*a*

**:**to judge to be true or probable

*b*

**:**intend <I

*calculate*to do it or perish in the attempt — Mark Twain>

intransitive verb

1

*a*

**:**to make a calculation

*b*

**:**to forecast consequences

## Examples of *CALCULATE*

*calculate*the volume of a cylinder- I need to
*calculate*how long it will take me to drive to Chicago. - We
*calculated*the cost of new carpeting for the whole house. - We need to
*calculate*our chances of success before we invest more money in the business.

## Origin of *CALCULATE*

Latin

*calculatus,*past participle of*calculare,*from*calculus*pebble (used in reckoning), perhaps irregular diminutive of*calc-, calx*lime — more at chalkFirst Known Use: 1570

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