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Definition of CALCULATE

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Calculate \Cal"cu*late\, v. i.
     To make a calculation; to forecast consequences; to estimate; to compute. [1913 Webster]

           The strong passions, whether good or bad, never calculate.                               --F. W. Robertson. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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 {Calx}.]
     1. To ascertain or determine by mathematical processes, usually by the ordinary rules of arithmetic; to reckon up; to estimate; to compute. [1913 Webster]

              A calencar exacity calculated than any othe.
                                                    --North. [1913 Webster]

     2. 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. [1913 Webster]

              A cunning man did calculate my birth. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. 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. [1913 Webster]

              [Religion] is . . . calculated for our benefit.
                                                    --Abp. Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

     4. To plan; to expect; to think. [Local, U. S.]

     Syn: To compute; reckon; count; estimate; rate.

     Usage: {To Calculate}, {Compute}. {Reckon}, {Count}. These words indicate the means by which we arrive at a given result in regard to quantity. We calculate with a view to obtain a certain point of knowledge; as, to calculate an eclipse. We compute by combining given numbers, in order to learn the grand result. We reckon and count in carrying out the details of a computation. These words are also used in a secondary and figurative sense. "Calculate is rather a conjection from what is, as to what may be; computation is a rational estimate of what has been, from what is; reckoning is a conclusive conviction, a pleasing assurance that a thing will happen; counting indicates an expectation. We calculate on a gain; we compute any loss sustained, or the amount of any mischief done; we reckon on a promised pleasure; we count the hours and minutes until the time of enjoyment arrives" --Crabb. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

100 Moby Thesaurus words for "calculate": add, add up, algebraize, appraise, appreciate, arrange, ascertain, assay, assess, bank on, build on, calibrate, caliper, cast, check a parameter, cipher, compute, concert, consider, contrive, count, count on, cut out, depend, design, determine, devise, dial, discover, divide, dope out, estimate, evaluate, extract roots, fathom, figure, figure in, figure out, forecast, forethink, frame, gauge, graduate, intend, lay plans, lot, make a projection, make arrangements, measure, mensurate, mete, meter, methodize, multiply, organize, pace, plan, plan ahead, plot, plumb, prearrange, premeditate, preresolve, price, prize, probe, program, project, quantify, quantize, rate, rationalize, reckon, reckon on, schedule, schematize, scheme, score, set up, shape, size, size up, sound, span, step, study, subtract, survey, systematize, take a reading, take account of, tally, triangulate, trust in, valuate, value, weigh, work out, work out beforehand, work up


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