calculated; calculating
Definition of calculate
1a
: 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
3a
: to judge to be true or probable
b
: intend
I calculate to do it or perish in the attempt— Mark Twain
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The first known use of calculate was in 1542
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