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)**

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

**calculate how/what/whether etc**

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

3 to be intended to have a particular effect :

## be calculated to do something

a question calculated to embarrass him

## calculate on something

phrasal verbWe're calculating on an early start.