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Definition of "calculate" []

  • To ascertain by computation; reckon: calculating the area of a circle; calculated their probable time of arrival. (verb-transitive)
  • To make an estimate of; evaluate: calculating the team's chances of winning. (verb-transitive)
  • To make for a deliberate purpose; design: a sturdy car that is calculated to last for years; a choice that was calculated to please. (verb-transitive)
  • Chiefly New England To suppose: "I cal'late she's a right smart cook” ( Dialect Notes). (verb-transitive)
  • Chiefly New England To plan, intend, or count on. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "calculate" in a sentence
  • "I can get around this by defining a body class and calling it, but would like to understand why it is behaving the way it is. getDB (); if (($calculate-validateUser ($userName, $password) = = "FALSE") or ($calculate - abduraooft"
  • "From below: what families spend a lot more on, the authors calculate, is a house in a safe neighborhood with a good school — about 70 percent more a year, discounted for inflation, for the typical family of four."
  • "Jeff Madrick discusses the work of Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi on the plight of middle-class two-income families with children. what families spend a lot more on, the authors calculate, is a house in a safe neighborhood with a good school — about 70 percent more a year, discounted for inflation, for the typical family of four."