calculate

verb
cal·​cu·​late | \ ˈkal-kyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce calculate (audio) \
calculated; calculating

Definition of calculate

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

1a : to make a calculation
b : to forecast consequences
2 : count, rely

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Examples of calculate in a Sentence

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.
Recent Examples on the Web To calculate it, first designate your two loops as A and B. Quanta Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 The metrics involved in those realms are well known, and, at least for corporate producers, the data needed to calculate them and perform the comparisons has been public thanks to regulatory reporting requirements. David Blackmon, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 To calculate your personal inflation rate for April, for instance, total your monthly expenses for April 2021. Betsy Streisand, NBC News, 12 May 2022 Insurers look at several factors to calculate your rate, including your driving record, credit score, age and gender. Rachel Wolfe, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2022 This test looks for creatinine, a waste product that can build up in your blood when your kidneys are damaged, Your doctor puts your result into a math formula to calculate your glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Hallie Levine, Health.com, 3 Jan. 2022 To calculate the rate of Medicare patients who got covid or died, KHN relied on the MedPAR data for April through September. Christina Jewett, CNN, 7 Nov. 2021 To calculate the rate of Medicare patients who got COVID-19 or died, KHN relied on the MedPAR data for April through September. Christina Jewett, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Nov. 2021 To calculate the rate of Medicare patients who got covid or died, KHN relied on the MedPAR data for April through September. Christina Jewett, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of calculate

1542, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for calculate

Latin calculatus, past participle of calculare, from calculus pebble (used in reckoning), perhaps irregular diminutive of calc-, calx lime — more at chalk

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The first known use of calculate was in 1542

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20 Sep 2022

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“Calculate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calculate. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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calculate

verb
cal·​cu·​late | \ ˈkal-kyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce calculate (audio) \
calculated; calculating

Kids Definition of calculate

1 : to find by adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing : compute calculate an average
2 : estimate entry 1 She calculated the risk.
3 : to plan by careful thought : intend Her remark was calculated to shock her listeners.

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