English Online Dictionary. What means calculate? What does calculate mean?
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)
- (transitive, mathematics) To determine the value of something or the solution to something by a mathematical process.
- (intransitive, mathematics) To determine values or solutions by a mathematical process; reckon.
- (intransitive, US, dialect) To plan; to expect; to think.
- 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.
- To adjust for purpose; to adapt by forethought or calculation; to fit or prepare by the adaptation of means to an end.
- (chess) To imagine sequences of potential moves and responses without actually moving the pieces.
- (determine value of or solution to): compute, reckon (old), work out
- (determine values or solutions): compute, reckon (old)
- “calculate”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “calculate”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “calculate”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
- second-person plural present active imperative of calculō
- "calculate ye, compute ye"
- (figuratively) "consider ye as, esteem ye"
- vocative masculine singular of calculātus
- second-person singular voseo imperative of calcular combined with te