calibrate

verb
cal·​i·​brate | \ ˈka-lə-ˌbrāt How to pronounce calibrate (audio) \
calibrated; calibrating

Definition of calibrate

transitive verb

1 : to ascertain the caliber of (something)
2 : to determine, rectify, or mark the graduations of (something, such as a thermometer tube)
3 : to standardize (something, such as a measuring instrument) by determining the deviation from a standard so as to ascertain the proper correction factors
4 : to adjust precisely for a particular function calibrate a thermometer
5 : to measure precisely carefully calibrate the dosage of a medicine especially : to measure against a standard

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Other Words from calibrate

calibrator \ ˈka-​lə-​ˌbrā-​tər How to pronounce calibrate (audio) \ noun

Examples of calibrate in a Sentence

carefully calibrate the dosage of a medicine
Recent Examples on the Web Transformation happens when leaders are sensitive and calibrate the progress of the team to shape it toward productivity. Jedidiah Alex Koh, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Both actors calibrate their performances to home in on the honesty in every scene. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 7 May 2021 This one sets up out of the box in less than 10 minutes, and just requires scanning a QR code, then following easy step-by-step instructions on the screen to calibrate the printer. Lori Keong, SELF, 15 Apr. 2021 These loops will help calibrate the signal generation process, as well as the decision-making process over time. Rogayeh Tabrizi, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 This suggests that people’s safety requirements for AVs may be particularly sticky, and more research is needed to find ways to calibrate them. Iyad Rahwan, WSJ, 6 Apr. 2021 Although high-quality super-automatic espresso machines allow users to adjust and calibrate their coffee to make superb espresso, the best manual machines can outperform them when used properly. Jeff Harper, chicagotribune.com, 11 Mar. 2021 Companies, in theory, have the potential to automate, calibrate, create, and distribute their goods while amassing tons of data to keep doing it better and faster. Daniel Newman, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 In response, Biden administration officials are trying to calibrate a policy that protects the democratic, technology-rich island without inciting an armed conflict that would be disastrous for all. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of calibrate

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for calibrate

caliber + -ate entry 4, perhaps after French calibrer

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The first known use of calibrate was in 1850

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13 Jun 2021

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“Calibrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calibrate. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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calibrate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of calibrate

: to adjust or mark (something, such as a measuring device) so that it can be used in an accurate and exact way
: to measure (something) in an exact and precise way

calibrate

transitive verb
cal·​i·​brate | \ ˈkal-ə-ˌbrāt How to pronounce calibrate (audio) \
calibrated; calibrating

Medical Definition of calibrate

1 : to ascertain the caliber of (as a thermometer tube)
2 : to determine, rectify, or mark the graduations of (as a thermometer tube)
3 : to standardize (as a measuring instrument) by determining the deviation from a standard so as to ascertain the proper correction factors

Other Words from calibrate

calibration \ ˌkal-​ə-​ˈbrā-​shən How to pronounce calibrate (audio) \ noun
calibrator \ ˈkal-​ə-​ˌbrāt-​ər How to pronounce calibrate (audio) \ noun

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