Calculate



to determine or ascertain by mathematical methods; compute:
to calculate the velocity of light.
to determine by reasoning, common sense, or practical experience; estimate; evaluate; gauge.
to make suitable or fit for a purpose; adapt (usually used passively and with an infinitive):
His remarks were calculated to inspire our confidence.
Chiefly Northern U.S.

to think; guess.
to intend; plan.

to make a computation or form an estimate.
to count or rely (usually followed by on or upon):
They calculated on good weather.
Contemporary Examples

Obama’s Man in London Benjamin Sarlin February 19, 2009
In Defense of Art History Noah Kristula-Green May 2, 2012
Florida Drags Down U.S. on Amnesty International’s Global Death Penalty Report Nico Hines March 26, 2014
The Other World Cup Alex Bellos June 10, 2010
Upgrading Ain’t What It Used to Be Megan McArdle February 21, 2013

Historical Examples

The Expositor’s Bible: The Gospel of St John, Vol. II Marcus Dods
Capitola’s Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Fred Markham in Russia W. H. G. Kingston

verb
to solve (one or more problems) by a mathematical procedure; compute
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to determine beforehand by judgment, reasoning, etc; estimate
(transitive; usually passive) to design specifically; aim: the car was calculated to appeal to women
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to depend; rely
(transitive; may take a clause as object) (US, dialect)

to suppose; think
to intend (to do something)

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