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Definition of calculate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    calculate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkælkjuleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkælkjuleɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they calculate
    BrE BrE//ˈkælkjuleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkælkjuleɪt//
     
    he / she / it calculates
    BrE BrE//ˈkælkjuleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkælkjuleɪts//
     
    past simple calculated
    BrE BrE//ˈkælkjuleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkælkjuleɪtɪd//
     
    past participle calculated
    BrE BrE//ˈkælkjuleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkælkjuleɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form calculating
    BrE BrE//ˈkælkjuleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkælkjuleɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  to use numbers to find out a total number, amount, distance, etc. synonym work somethingout calculate something Use the formula to calculate the volume of the container. Benefit is calculated on the basis of average weekly earnings. We haven’t really calculated the cost of the vacation yet. calculate how much, what, etc. You'll need to calculate how much time the assignment will take. it is calculated that… It has been calculated that at least 47 000 jobs were lost last year.
  2. 2  to guess something or form an opinion by using all the information available synonym estimate calculate that… Conservationists calculate that hundreds of species could be lost in this area. calculate how much, what, etc. It is impossible to calculate what influence he had on her life.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from late Latin calculat- ‘counted’, from the verb calculare, from calculus ‘a small pebble (as used on an abacus)’.Extra examples It’s difficult to calculate precisely what we’ve spent. The amount is calculated according to the number of years you have paid into the plan. The incident had been coldly calculated to humiliate him. The sum involved was calculated at $82 million. Calculating that he would not be home yet, I slipped in through the back door. Environmentalists calculate that hundreds of plant species may be affected. I tried to calculate how much time it would take me to get there. It’s impossible to calculate the extent of his influence on her.
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