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calculate

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verb cal·cu·late \ˈkal-kyə-ˌlāt\

Simple Definition of calculate

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

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

Full Definition of calculate

cal·cu·lat·edcal·cu·lat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 2 :  to design or adapt for a purpose <he carefully calculated the timing of his arrival for maximum impact>

  4. 3 a :  to judge to be true or probable b :  intend <I calculate to do it or perish in the attempt — Mark Twain>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to make a calculation b :  to forecast consequences

  7. 2 :  count, rely

Examples of calculate

  1. calculate the volume of a cylinder

  2. I need to calculate how long it will take me to drive to Chicago.

  3. We calculated the cost of new carpeting for the whole house.

  4. 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 chalk


First Known Use: 1570

Rhymes with calculate

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