What does calculate mean?

Definitions for calculate
ˈkæl kyəˌleɪtcal·cu·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. calculate, cipher, cypher, compute, work out, reckon, figureverb

    make a mathematical calculation or computation

  2. calculate, estimate, reckon, count on, figure, forecastverb

    judge to be probable

  3. account, calculateverb

    keep an account of

  4. forecast, calculateverb

    predict in advance

  5. calculate, aim, directverb

    specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public

  6. count, bet, depend, look, calculate, reckonverb

    have faith or confidence in

    "you can count on me to help you any time"; "Look to your friends for support"; "You can bet on that!"; "Depend on your family in times of crisis"


  1. calculateverb

    To determine the value of something or the solution to something by a mathematical process.

    Calculate the square root of 3 to 10 decimal places.

  2. calculateverb

    To determine values or solutions by a mathematical process.

  3. calculateverb

    To plan something, especially something morally wrong.

  4. Etymology: From calculatus, perfect passive participle of calculo, from calculus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CALCULATEverb

    Etymology: calculer, Fr. from calculus, Lat. a little stone or bead, used in operations of numbers.

    A cunning man did calculate my birth,
    And told me, that by water I should die. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    Why all these fires, why all these gliding ghosts,
    Why old men fools, and children calculate,
    Why all those things change from their ordinance? William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    Who were there then in the world, to observe the births of those first men, and calculate their nativities, as they sprawled out of ditches? Richard Bentley.

    The reasonableness of religion clearly appears, as it tends so directly to the happiness of men, and is, upon all accounts, calculated for our benefit. John Tillotson.


  1. calculate

    A calculation is a deliberate mathematical process that transforms one or more inputs into one or more outputs or results. The term is used in a variety of senses, from the very definite arithmetical calculation of using an algorithm, to the vague heuristics of calculating a strategy in a competition, or calculating the chance of a successful relationship between two people. For example, multiplying 7 by 6 is a simple algorithmic calculation. Extracting the square root or the cube root of a number using mathematical models is a more complex algorithmic calculation. Statistical estimations of the likely election results from opinion polls also involve algorithmic calculations, but produces ranges of possibilities rather than exact answers. To calculate means to determine mathematically in the case of a number or amount, or in the case of an abstract problem to deduce the answer using logic, reason or common sense. The English word derives from the Latin calculus, which originally meant a small stone in the gall-bladder (from Latin calx). It also meant a pebble used for calculating, or a small stone used as a counter in an abacus (Latin abacus, Greek abax). The abacus was an instrument used by Greeks and Romans for arithmetic calculations, preceding the slide-rule and the electronic calculator, and consisted of perforated pebbles sliding on iron bars. Calculation is a prerequisite for computation.


  1. calculate

    To calculate is to ascertain or determine a numerical value or result by using mathematical processes or methods. It involves computational procedures like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, algebraic operations, etc. This term can also be used more broadly to refer to the process of carefully thinking about information in order to form a decision or judgement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calculateverb

    to ascertain or determine by mathematical processes, usually by the ordinary rules of arithmetic; to reckon up; to estimate; to compute

  2. Calculateverb

    to ascertain or predict by mathematical or astrological computations the time, circumstances, or other conditions of; to forecast or compute the character or consequences of; as, to calculate or cast one's nativity

  3. Calculateverb

    to adjust for purpose; to adapt by forethought or calculation; to fit or prepare by the adaptation of means to an end; as, to calculate a system of laws for the government and protection of a free people

  4. Calculateverb

    to plan; to expect; to think

  5. Calculateverb

    to make a calculation; to forecast consequences; to estimate; to compute

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Calculate

    kal′kū-lāt, v.t. to count or reckon: to think out: to adapt, fit (only passive, with for): (U.S.) to think, purpose.—v.i. to make a calculation: to estimate.—adjs. Cal′culable; Cal′culating, given to forethought, deliberately selfish and scheming.—n. Calculā′tion, the art or process of calculating: estimate: forecast.—adj. Cal′culātive, relating to calculation.—n. Cal′culātor, one who calculates. [L. calculāre, -ātum, to reckon by help of little stones—calculus, dim. of calx, a little stone.]

Editors Contribution

  1. calculate

    To create a value using a mathematical process.

    To calculate you need to know the simple process and then its easy.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'calculate' in Verbs Frequency: #468

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of calculate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of calculate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of calculate in a Sentence

  1. Facundo Nejamkis:

    One of the explanations, for why in almost all the surveys we failed to calculate the number of votes between Fernandez and Macri, is precisely not having been able to detect the sufficient number of young people. They don't answer the landline or because they just have mobile phones for surfing the web.

  2. Anis Majeed:

    If you calculate (oilseeds) ... altogether this year, we are expecting to import about 1.5 to 1.6 million tonnes, last year was a little less - about 1.2 million tonnes and our crop was better than this year.

  3. Adam Mount:

    This approach is clearly a dead end. There are no indications that North Korea is interested in returning to the world of 'fire and fury', the concern now is the president's reaction. Will he calculate that he stands to gain more domestically with returning to threats? Does he want to distract from domestic political or legal problems? All of those things could have volatile results.

  4. Aldemir Bendine:

    What we are discussing now is the methodology, the way to calculate this, the results will reflect the actual situation in 2014, which could be affected by corruption, but also other variables such as prices.

  5. Lopez Obrador:

    According to the projections, we calculate that the number of hospitalizations will increase, and there will also be an increase in intensive care.

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