# 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)

v.

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