# Definition of 'calculate'

1. verb

If you calculate a number or amount, you discover it from information that you already have, by using arithmetic, mathematics, or a special machine.

From this you can calculate the total mass in the Galaxy. [VERB noun]

We calculate that the average size farm in Lancaster County is 65 acres. [VERB that]

A computer calculates by switching currents on or off. [VERB]

[Also VERB wh]
2. verb

If you calculate the effects of something, especially a possible course of action, you think about them in order to form an opinion or decide what to do.

I believe I am capable of calculating the political consequences accurately. [VERB noun]

The President is calculating that this will somehow relieve the international pressure
on him. [VERB that]

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## Video: pronunciation of 'calculate'

verb

1.

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Word origin of 'calculate'

verb transitiveWord forms: ˈcalcuˌlated or ˈcalcuˌlating

SYNONYMY NOTE: calculate refers to the mathematical determination of a quantity, amount, etc. and implies
the use of higher mathematics [to calculate distances in astronomy]; compute suggests simpler mathematics and implies a determinable, hence precise, result [to compute the volume of a cylinder]; estimate implies the judging, usually in advance, of a quantity, cost, etc. and connotes an
approximate result [to estimate the cost of building a house]; reckon, an informal substitute for , compute, suggests the use of simple arithmetic such as can be performed mentally [to reckon the days before elections]1.

to determine by using mathematics; compute

2.

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Word origin of 'calculate'

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## Translations for 'calculate'

British English: calculate
/ˈkælkjʊˌleɪt/ VERB

If you

*calculate*a number or amount, you work it out by doing some arithmetic.Have you calculated the cost of your trip?

- American English: calculate
- Arabic: يَعُدُّ
- Brazilian Portuguese: calcular
- Chinese: 计算
- Croatian: računati
- Czech: vypočítat
- Danish: beregne
- Dutch: berekenen
- European Spanish: calcular computar
- Finnish: laskea laskutoimitus
- French: calculer
- German: berechnen ausrechnen
- Greek: υπολογίζω
- Italian: calcolare
- Japanese: 計算する
- Korean: 계산하다
- Norwegian: beregne
- Polish: obliczyć
- European Portuguese: calcular
- Romanian: a calcula
- Russian: вычислять
- Spanish: calcular
- Swedish: beräkna
- Thai: คำนวณ
- Turkish: hesaplamak
- Ukrainian: розраховувати
- Vietnamese: tính toán

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