calculate

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verb cal·cu·late \ˈkal-kyə-ˌlāt\

Definition of calculate

calculated

calculating

  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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


CALCULATE Defined for English Language Learners

calculate

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verb cal·cu·late \ˈkal-kyə-ˌlāt\

Definition of calculate for English Language Learners

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

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


CALCULATE Defined for Kids

calculate

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verb cal·cu·late \ˈkal-kyə-ˌlāt\

Definition of calculate for Students

calculated

calculating

  1. 1 :  to find by adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing :  compute <calculate an average>

  2. 2 :  1estimate <She calculated the risk.>

  3. 3 :  to plan by careful thought :  intend <Her remark was calculated to shock her listeners.>

History for calculate

In Latin the word calculus meant “pebble.” Because the Romans used pebbles to do addition and subtraction on a counting board, the word became associated with computation, and the phrase ponere calculos, literally, “to place pebbles,” was used to mean “to carry out a computation.” Latin words coming from calculus include calculator, “person able to do arithmetic,” and calculare, “to reckon,” from which we get the word calculate.



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