Definition of CALCULATE

to determine (a value) by doing the necessary mathematical operations <the family has been calculating what a week at the beach resort would end up costing>
to decide the size, amount, number, or distance of (something) without actual measurement <I calculate that this job will take another two days to finish>
to work out the details of (something) in advance <calculated the best route to take to the coast>
to have in mind as a purpose or goal <I calculate to run a marathon from start to finish—even if it kills me>
Synonyms aim, allow [chiefly Southern & Midland], aspire, calculate, contemplate, design, go [chiefly Southern & Midland], look, mean, meditate, plan, propose, purport, purpose
to place reliance or trust <we know we can calculate on you following through, whatever the assignment>
Related Words commit, confide, entrust (also intrust), trust

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