calculate

calculate
cal|cu|late
W3S2 [ˈkælkjuleıt] v [T]
[Date: 1500-1600; : 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.
calculate how much/how many etc
I'm trying to calculate how much paint we need.
calculate (that)
Sally calculated that she'd have about £100 left.
calculate sth on sth
Rates are calculated on an hourly basis.
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.) be calculated to do sth
to be intended to have a particular effect
a question calculated to embarrass him
calculate on [calculate on sth] phr v
if you calculate on something, you are depending on it for your plans to succeed
We're calculating on an early start.
calculate on sb/sth doing sth
Ken hadn't calculated on Polson refusing his offer.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Calculate — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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