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Syllabification: cal·cu·late
Pronunciation: /ˈkalkyəˌlāt

Definition of calculate in English:


[with object]
1Determine (the amount or number of something) mathematically: Japanese land value was calculated at 2.5 times that of the U.S. [with clause]: he calculated that Texas would gain four new seats in the House of Representatives
More example sentences
  • As most deals do not go through agencies, it is difficult to calculate the total number of hotels sold.
  • This impression can be assessed quantitatively by calculating a likelihood ratio as before.
  • Given the number of coffee cups to dispense, the program is required to calculate the amount and display to the user.
compute, work out, reckon, figure;
add up/together, count up, tally, total, tote, tot up
1.1Determine by reasoning, experience, or common sense; reckon or judge: I was bright enough to calculate that she had been on vacation
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  • She'd had enough to drink to take the edge off of her fear, but not enough to be unable to calculate.
  • I am not quick enough to calculate that for you now but that is the way I see it.
  • Well, that may all be right if the judge had calculated the damage to the reversion by say reference to comparable sales.
1.2 [no object] (calculate on) Include as an essential element in one’s plans: he may have calculated on maximizing pressure for policy revision
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  • The figures were calculated on a pro-forma basis, assuming its restructuring had taken effect at the start of the year.
  • He points to the well-known ingratitude of princes and quotes George Washington: ‘There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate on real favours from nation to nation.’
  • All other bands are calculated on a pro-rata basis depending on whether they fall into a higher or lower band.
expect, count on, anticipate, reckon on, bargain on, figure on
2 (usually be calculated to do something) Intend (an action) to have a particular effect: his last words were calculated to wound her
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  • The sanctions are calculated to go into effect on the eve of a presidential election year.
  • Odds ratios and corresponding confidence intervals were calculated to measure the main effect of diabetes on eating disorders.
  • Confidence intervals were also calculated to confirm the effect size.
intend, mean, aim, design
3 [with clause] US dialect Suppose; believe.
Example sentences
  • After accumulating enough data, we calculated that each person spent at least a full minute in a stall.
  • Each experiment was calculated from 12 to 24 independent cultures and at least two independent experiments were done per strain.


late Middle English: from late Latin calculat- 'counted', from the verb calculare, from calculus 'a small pebble (as used on an abacus)'.



Pronunciation: /-ˌlātiv/
Example sentences
  • Since this is the chief finding of the humanities in the 20th century, I would bet that in the 21st century it will start revising our calculative, allocative, easily-socialist view of the economy.
  • Needless to say, sometimes I get disappointed with friends who do not realize or are not calculative enough to see my ‘generosity’.
  • If you want to make your life more valuable and fun-filled then don't be calculative in each and every single conversation you have with others.

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