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Definition of calculate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they calculate
    he / she / it calculates
    past simple calculated
    -ing form calculating
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  1. 1to 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. Benefits are calculated on the basis of average weekly earnings. We haven't really calculated the cost of our vacation yet. calculate how much, what, etc. You'll need to calculate how much time the assignment will take.
  2. 2to 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.
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