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 calibrator (audio) \ noun

Examples of calibrate in a Sentence

carefully calibrate the dosage of a medicine
Recent Examples on the Web Overnight, Hong Kong residents had to calibrate how to respond to the new risk of prosecution by Chinese authorities. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Hong Kongers fear drastic law marks ‘before’ and ‘after’," 1 July 2020 Cliff is a main character in the story; Lee is a device set up to calibrate Cliff’s strength. Danny Chau, The Atlantic, "What It Means to Understand Bruce Lee," 22 June 2020 The researchers then use that data to help public health officials form and calibrate their COVID-19 mitigation measures. TheWeek, "Research group uses smartphone data to see if COVID-19 policies are working," 10 June 2020 Since the instrument was fixed, Brigham has been running its processes repeatedly to calibrate it. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "UT San Antonio has reopened its labs, but only for research," 8 June 2020 The researchers posit that vitamin D may decrease this risk by helping to appropriately calibrate the inflammatory response. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Paging Dr. Hamblin: Does Vitamin D Help Fight COVID-19?," 3 June 2020 Courage and bravery are knowing when to act, when to redirect, when to calibrate, when to push. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Be brave, stay hopeful, enjoy success: Sun Messages," 2 June 2020 Policymakers must calibrate their responses based on data collected domestically and received from abroad. The Editors, National Review, "Trump Is Right about the WHO," 16 Apr. 2020 According to one study, there are actually five levels of boredom: indifferent, calibrating, searching, reactant, and apathetic. Joey Camire, Quartz, "Why quarantine can make you more creative," 21 Mar. 2020

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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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6 Jul 2020

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“Calibrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calibrate. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for calibrate

calibrate

verb
How to pronounce calibrate (audio)

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

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