# calculate

verb
cal·​cu·​late | \ ˈkal-kyə-ˌlāt \
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
1a : to make a calculation
b : to forecast consequences
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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 The metric factors in Air Distance, Air Yards, Receiver Separation and also leverages other metrics such as receiver distance from sideline to calculate the probability of a catch. When Jesse falls \$1,800 short of the bill, Ed rebuffs him, Jesse refuses to leave, and Ed calls call 911, which Jesse wrongly calculates as a bluff. According to Dreshare, Lana's net worth sits at around \$2 million and her 2019 numbers haven't even been calculated yet. The analysis calculated the percentage of residents with a disability. The news organizations’ analysis calculated the grades private and parochial schools would receive based on the test scores of their voucher students. Our web site calculates postage based on the total weight of the books and the delivery address. If pieces of that formation are found on different plates, researchers can measure the distance between them and, using their age, calculate the speed of the split. This piece pulls back the curtain on those who strategically decide which kids to admit and calculate how much each must pay.

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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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calculate

verb

## English Language Learners 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)

calculate

verb
cal·​cu·​late | \ ˈkal-kyə-ˌlāt \
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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