Definition of miscalculate in English:

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Pronunciation: /misˈkalkyəˌlāt/


[with object]
1Calculate (an amount, distance, or measurement) wrongly.
Example sentences
  • She told him she had miscalculated the amount of money she needed for stock and was in danger of losing her customers if she couldn't meet her commitments.
  • I finally finished the decking today.… I started to put the deck boards on yesterday whilst it was drizzling with rain and found out that I'd miscalculated the amount of boards I needed.
  • They died because someone miscalculated the amount of time it would take for the car to cross the railroad tracks.
misjudge, make a mistake (about), calculate wrongly, estimate wrongly, overestimate, underestimate, overvalue, undervalue;
misconstrue, misinterpret, misunderstand;
go wrong, err, be wide of the mark
1.1Assess (a situation) wrongly: the government has seriously miscalculated the effect of privatization [no object]: you miscalculated if you imagined I’d fallen for your little scheme
More example sentences
  • He seriously miscalculated public opinion of the other countries.
  • No less did he miscalculate the effect on public opinion in Iran.
  • He also added that he believes that it is essential that the leadership of the People's Liberation Army do not miscalculate in this situation.

Words that rhyme with miscalculate


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Syllabification: mis·cal·cu·late

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