Definitions for: Calculate


[v] predict in advance
[v] make a mathematical calculation or computation
[v] judge to be probable
[v] have faith or confidence in; "you can count on me to help you any time"; "Look to your friends for support"; "You can bet on that!"; "Depend on your family in times of crisis"
[v] specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
[v] keep an account of



Webster (1913) Definition: Cal"cu*late, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Calculater; p.
pr. & vb. n. Calculating.] [L, calculatus, p. p. of
calculate, fr. calculus a pebble, a stone used in reckoning;
hence, a reckoning, fr. calx, calcis, a stone used in gaming,
limestone. See Calx.]
1. To ascertain or determine by mathematical processes,
usually by the ordinary rules of arithmetic; to reckon up;
to estimate; to compute.

A calencar exacity calculated than any othe.
--North.

2. To ascertain or predict by mathematical or astrological
computations the time, circumstances, or other conditions
of; to forecast or compute the character or consequences
of; as, to calculate or cast one's nativity.

A cunning man did calculate my birth. --Shak.

3. To adjust for purpose; to adapt by forethought or
calculation; to fit or prepare by the adaptation of means
to an end; as, to calculate a system of laws for the
government and protection of a free people.

[Religion] is . . . calculated for our benefit.
--Abp.
Tillotson.

4. To plan; to expect; to think. [Local, U. S.]

Syn: To compute; reckon; count; estimate; rate.

Usage: To Calculate, Compute. Reckon, Count. These
words indicate the means by which we arrive at a given
result in regard to quantity. We calculate with a view
to obtain a certain point of knowledge; as, to
calculate an eclipse. We compute by combining given
numbers, in order to learn the grand result. We reckon
and count in carrying out the details of a
computation. These words are also used in a secondary
and figurative sense. ``Calculate is rather a
conjection from what is, as to what may be;
computation is a rational estimate of what has been,
from what is; reckoning is a conclusive conviction, a
pleasing assurance that a thing will happen; counting
indicates an expectation. We calculate on a gain; we
compute any loss sustained, or the amount of any
mischief done; we reckon on a promised pleasure; we
count the hours and minutes until the time of
enjoyment arrives'' --Crabb.


Cal"cu*late, v. i.
To make a calculation; to forecast consequences; to estimate;
to compute.

The strong passions, whether good or bad, never
calculate. --F. W.
Robertson.

Synonyms: account, aim, cipher, compute, count on, cypher, direct, figure, forecast, forecast, reckon, work out

See Also: add, add together, allow, anticipate, approximate, average, average out, balance, bank, bet, bill, budget, calculate, call, capitalise, capitalize, charge, compound, count, credit, debit, deduct, depend, designate, destine, differentiate, divide, estimate, extract, extrapolate, factor, factor in, factor out, figure out, forebode, foretell, fraction, gauge, guess, integrate, intend, interpolate, judge, lick, look, miscalculate, misestimate, multiply, overbalance, predict, process, prognosticate, promise, prorate, puzzle out, quantise, quantize, reason, recalculate, rely, resolve, solve, specify, subtract, survey, swear, take into account, take off, trust, work

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