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Borrowed from Latin calculātus, perfect passive participle of calculō (I reckon, originally by means of pebbles), from calculus (a pebble). Refer to calculus for origin.


  • IPA(key): /ˈkælkjʊleɪt/, /ˈkælkjəleɪt/
  • Hyphenation: cal‧cu‧late


calculate (third-person singular simple present calculates, present participle calculating, simple past and past participle calculated)

  1. (transitive, mathematics) To determine the value of something or the solution to something by a mathematical process.
  2. (intransitive, mathematics) To determine values or solutions by a mathematical process; reckon.
  3. (intransitive, US, dialect) To plan; to expect; to think.
  4. 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.
  5. To adjust for purpose; to adapt by forethought or calculation; to fit or prepare by the adaptation of means to an end.
    • a. 1694, John Tillotson, The Advantages of Religion to particular Persons
      [Religion] is [] calculated for our benefit.



  • (determine value of or solution to): compute, reckon (old), work out
  • (determine values or solutions): compute, reckon (old)

Derived terms

  • backcalculate
  • calculating

Related terms

  • calculation
  • calculus
  • calculator
  • incalculable


Further reading

  • calculate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • calculate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “calculate”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.




  1. second-person plural present active imperative of calculō
    1. "calculate ye, compute ye"
    2. (figuratively) "consider ye as, esteem ye"



  1. vocative masculine singular of calculātus

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