Date: | 1500-1600 |

Language: | Latin |

Origin: | , past participle of calculare, from calculus 'stone used in counting'; CALCULUS |

1 to find out how much something will cost, how long something will take etc, by using numbers :

These instruments calculate distances precisely.

2 to guess something using as many facts as you can find ** calculate (that)** ** calculate how/what/whether etc**

Researchers calculated that this group was at a higher risk of heart disease.

It's difficult to calculate what effect all these changes will have on the company.

3## be calculated to do something

to be intended to have a particular effect :

a question calculated to embarrass him

We're calculating on an early start.

Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

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