**Calculate** — Cal cu*late, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Calculater}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Calculating}.] [L, calculatus, p. p. of calculate, fr. calculus a pebble, a stone used in reckoning; hence, a reckoning, fr. calx, calcis, a stone used in gaming, limestone. See… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

**calculate** — calculate, compute, estimate, reckon mean to determine something (as cost, speed, or quantity) by mathematical and especially arithmetical processes. Calculate is usually preferred when highly advanced, intricate, or elaborate processes are… … New Dictionary of Synonyms

**calculate** — UK US /ˈkælkjəleɪt/ verb [T] ► to find an amount or number using mathematics: calculate according to/based on/on the basis of »Their pension will be calculated on the basis of their earnings and length of service. calculate that »It has been… … Financial and business terms

**calculate** — 1. The meaning ‘to suppose or reckon’, without any reference to working something out, is regional American in origin (19c, eg. I calculate it s pretty difficult to git edication down at Charleston) and is not standard in any variety of English.… … Modern English usage

**calculate** — [kal′kyo͞o lāt΄, kal′kyəlāt΄] vt. calculated, calculating [< L calculatus, pp. of calculare, to reckon < calculus, pebble, stone used in doing arithmetic, dim. of calx, limestone: see CALCIUM] 1. to determine by using mathematics; compute 2 … English World dictionary

**calculate** — [v1] compute or estimate amount account, add, adjust, appraise, assay, cast, cipher, consider, count, determine, divide, dope out*, enumerate, figure, forecast, foretell, gauge, guess, judge, keep tabs*, measure, multiply, number, rate, reckon,… … New thesaurus

**calculate** — ► VERB 1) determine mathematically. 2) (calculate on) include as an essential element in one s plans. 3) intend (an action) to have a particular effect. DERIVATIVES calculable adjective. ORIGIN Latin calculare count , from calculus small p … English terms dictionary

**calculate** — I verb account, appraise, ascertain mathematically, assess, average out, cast accounts, cipher, computare, compute, consider, count, design, determine, devise, enumerate, estimate, evaluate, figure, figure out, form an estimate, furnish an… … Law dictionary

**calculate** — (v.) 1560s, to compute, to estimate by mathematical means, from L. calculatus, pp. of calculare to reckon, compute, from calculus (see CALCULUS (Cf. calculus)). Meaning to plan, devise is from 1650s. Replaced earlier calculen (mid 14c.), from… … Etymology dictionary

**calculate** — cal|cu|late W3S2 [ˈkælkjuleıt] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of calculare, from calculus stone used in counting ; CALCULUS] 1.) to find out how much something will cost, how long something will take etc, by using… … Dictionary of contemporary English