English Online Dictionary. What means **calculate**? What does **calculate** mean?

## English

### Etymology

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.

### Pronunciation

- IPA
^{(key)}: /ˈkælkjʊleɪt/, /ˈkælkjəleɪt/ - Hyphenation: cal‧cu‧late

### Verb

**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.

#### Conjugation

#### Synonyms

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

#### Derived terms

#### Related terms

- calculation
- calculus
- calculator
- incalculable

#### Translations

#### Further reading

- “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 (2001–2024) “calculate”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

## Latin

### Verb

**calculāte**

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

### Participle

**calculāte**

- vocative masculine singular of
*calculātus*

## Spanish

### Verb

**calculate**

- second-person singular voseo imperative of
*calcular*combined with*te*