calculate: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kal'kyu-lāt"), [key]
— v., -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
  1. to determine or ascertain by mathematical methods; compute: to calculate the velocity of light.
  2. to determine by reasoning, common sense, or practical experience; estimate; evaluate; gauge.
  3. to make suitable or fit for a purpose; adapt (usually used passively and with an infinitive): His remarks were calculated to inspire our confidence.
    1. to think; guess.
    2. to intend; plan.
  1. to make a computation or form an estimate.
  2. to count or rely (usually fol. by on or upon): They calculated on good weather.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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