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Definition of calculate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    calculate

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈkælkyəˌleɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they calculate
     
    he / she / it calculates
     
    past simple calculated
     
    -ing form calculating
     
     
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  1. 1 to use numbers to find out a total number, amount, distance, etc. synonym work out 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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