Definition of calculate in English:



  • 1Determine (the amount or number of something) mathematically.

    ‘the program can calculate the number of words that will fit in the space available’
    [with clause] ‘local authorities have calculated that full training would cost around £5,000 per teacher’
    • ‘In both cases, the experimental curves are slightly steeper than those calculated.’
    • ‘A computer program is available to help you calculate the amount of insulation appropriate for your house.’
    • ‘A separate analysis of covariance was calculated on each dependent variable.’
    • ‘Officially, the Borough authority say rent is calculated on the income tenants receive and is reviewed on an annual basis.’
    • ‘For each doctor in each observation period we calculated the total number of contacts with patients per week in surgery hours and out of hours.’
    • ‘To be fair, Widows does have an explanation for the reasons why it is calculating its bonuses in this particular way.’
    • ‘The experimenters then calculated, for each concept pair, indices of common and distinctive features.’
    • ‘The index is calculated on unemployment figures and economic indices, including how much profit a business could make from investing in an area.’
    • ‘In my experience calculating the angles for different localities for eclipses is not as helpful as might be supposed.’
    • ‘For each male we calculated the total number of interactions he won divided by the total number of interactions in which he was involved.’
    • ‘Lamb calculated dollars per acre for his first experimental plots last year, most of it labor costs for weed control.’
    • ‘The federal government will officially announce the new rates in a day or two, but lenders have already calculated likely consolidation rates.’
    • ‘He experimented and calculated and worked out that there was a rule: the time of the swing is not proportional to the length of the pendulum, but the time squared is.’
    • ‘This program will calculate the number of days between any two dates.’
    • ‘If you had enough information you could calculate just about anything in this Newtonian universe.’
    • ‘On the basis of the data from the norming study, the experimenters calculated an index of common features and an index of distinctive features for each concept pair.’
    • ‘And the dole office will reduce our dole by an amount calculated on the gross pay, not the post-tax net pay.’
    • ‘To ensure the runway is long enough, always calculate the accelerate-stop distance.’
    • ‘This figure, which was calculated on a quiet day means that 233 cars passed through the small town every hour.’
    • ‘Any attempt to calculate or judge the stock market bottom is futile.’
    • ‘First, by averaging across the 245 judges, we calculated the mean nomination likelihood for each of the 50 nominees.’
    • ‘When we calculate turnout, we figure out how many active people there are in the entire population.’
    • ‘The distance to the satellite is determined by calculating the amount of time it takes the signal to reach the receiver.’
    • ‘Correlations between moral distress scores and years of nursing experience were calculated by using the Pearson product moment correlation.’
    • ‘Thus we can calculate how many atoms would cross the exobase fast enough to escape into space.’
    • ‘The second alternative is when the pensions are calculated on the basis of working experience and volume of contributions made.’
    • ‘For each patient we calculated the total number of days spent in hospital and the number of separate admissions in the year, two years, and three years before death.’
    • ‘Standard deviations were calculated from four independent experiments.’
    • ‘Under the terms of the new arrangement, holiday pay will be calculated on the average pay of each individual carer over a 12-week period.’
    • ‘That figure had been calculated on the assumption that Jan de Nul could make 9 barge trips a day at a certain daily cost.’
    • ‘Jarvis bonuses are calculated on a set formula which includes the meeting of operational safety targets.’
    • ‘Angie said, calculating in her head, that there was enough time.’
    • ‘The database calculates the total number of passengers and tons of materiel moved by each mode of transportation during a given operation.’
    • ‘In practice, the experimental semivariogram is calculated by grouping pairs of locations in distance classes.’
    • ‘The latter we calculate as enough to employ over 1,000 engineers at current market salaries.’
    • ‘Each experiment was repeated at least twice, and standard error between the experiments was calculated.’
    • ‘This computer method calculates the amount of damaged tissue by comparing MRI signal strength between damaged and undamaged tissue.’
    • ‘Motor insurance premiums could soon be calculated on how often, where and when people drive their cars, it was revealed today.’
    • ‘These functions, which cannot be found from bulk experiments, can be calculated for any kinetic scheme.’
    • ‘In calculating percentage shares of income distribution the World Bank relies on household surveys of income or expenditures compiled by the various countries.’
    • ‘At home, students could calculate the average amount of water used by each member of the family.’
    • ‘While I calculated numbers to the primary divert, the aircrew based their numbers on a divert 25 miles farther away.’
    • ‘Of course, any attempt to calculate or judge the exact stock market bottom is futile.’
    • ‘In Quebec, alimony payments are calculated on family income.’
    • ‘This impression can be assessed quantitatively by calculating a likelihood ratio as before.’
    • ‘While we are calculating whether we have enough to buy the baby a new frock, she is blowing money like a Hollywood superstar.’
    • ‘Based on the evidence which the Court had heard, the judge calculated such net benefit at £484, 437 including the cost of the drugs the subject of the charges.’
    • ‘The experimenters then calculated, for each pair of concepts, an index of common features and an index of distinctive features.’
    • ‘We calculated the total number of patients in each calendar month and then distributed this number according to the days of the lunar months.’
    • ‘In order to calculate accurately, you need to determine the length of the pattern repeat, if any.’
    • ‘The difficulty is determined by administering the question to test takers and calculating how many get the item wrong or right.’
    • ‘In this work, the logarithmic theory is used to calculate the amount of land subsidence.’
    • ‘To explore these differences, we calculated the regression per experiment.’
    • ‘Mr Norton said the levy was calculated on the cost of the road.’
    • ‘It's important to calculate how a conversion will affect your taxable income.’
    • ‘Even though she had worked as an intern in a bank for one year, her annual bonus was calculated on the basis of half a year's work.’
    • ‘The savings, calculated on an average basket of 23 items, add up to £600 a year.’
    • ‘Deutsche Bank expects a price tag of 53 billion yuan, calculated on its enterprise value minus estimated debt.’
    • ‘First, since management fees are calculated on portfolio values, fund managers' income will rise as markets recover.’
    • ‘To estimate the experimental success, we calculated a dependent variable according to the following formula.’
    • ‘The savings are calculated on the amount which would be lost per annum by paying fraudulent social welfare payments.’
    • ‘Physical distances between residues were calculated with a computer program.’
    • ‘As most deals do not go through agencies, it is difficult to calculate the total number of hotels sold.’
    • ‘The bus is a far lower environmental burden than passenger cars, calculated on the number of passengers per kilometre.’
    • ‘Mean pupal mass was calculated for each experimental patch.’
    • ‘In past work employing this methodology, prevalence statistics for each reason have not been calculated.’
    • ‘Time under tension is a way of calculating the total amount of work you place on a muscle.’
    • ‘The average of the three absorbance determinations from each sample was used to calculate the amount of carbohydrate present in the secretions.’
    • ‘The ground crew drained the tanks and we calculated that we had enough gas, with luck, for another 15-mins in the air.’
    • ‘Plutarch writes about an attempt by Xenocrates to calculate the total number of syllables which could be made from the letters of the alphabet.’
    • ‘For this reason, we also calculated the expected variance in the mean-squared displacements.’
    • ‘Given the number of coffee cups to dispense, the program is required to calculate the amount and display to the user.’
    • ‘From our mathematical model we calculated the probabilities of different numbers of beds being occupied.’
    • ‘The unauthorised absence rate was calculated on the percentage of half-days missed by pupils for unauthorised absence.’
    • ‘The Sun is massive enough, Einstein calculated, to cause a measurable deviation in the direction of distant starlight passing near it.’
    • ‘They then extrapolated back along the bat family tree to calculate how big the brain of the common ancestor of living bats was.’
    • ‘Customers could be billed monthly, with payments calculated on the basis of how often, when and where their vehicle is actually used.’
    • ‘Means were calculated across all experiments, bars indicate standard errors.’
    • ‘We calculated the expected numbers of cases for total cancer and for specific types of cancer by multiplying the number of person years in each stratum by the corresponding national cancer incidence rate.’
    • ‘The school has yet to calculate the amount raised, but hopes the total will be several hundred pounds.’
    • ‘Lump sums should be calculated on basic pay, including latest increases due under the terms of the new policy.’
    • ‘The normal method for calculating the number produces a huge voter turnout figure - a whopping 98.1 per cent.’
    • ‘Normally, calculating these numbers requires a custom program to be written for each query.’
    compute, work out, reckon, figure, enumerate, determine, evaluate, quantify, assess, cost, put a figure on
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    1. 1.1Determine by reasoning, experience, or common sense; reckon or judge.
      ‘I was bright enough to calculate that she had been on vacation’
      • ‘Well, that may all be right if the judge had calculated the damage to the reversion by say reference to comparable sales.’
      • ‘The reasons for her choice are clear - and clearly calculated - but they have little to do with the lies the men first tell her.’
      • ‘I start to think that I haven't calculated enough - that I don't know what's going to happen.’
      • ‘But let me tell you that it would be much worse if the charges were calculated on a basis of time spent in the department.’
      • ‘The prime minister calculates that he enjoys enough support in the capitol to derail any negotiated settlement that requires his nation's concessions.’
      • ‘She stars as Schatze, the recently-divorced mastermind, incredibly efficient and calculating but deep down she really wants to marry for love.’
      • ‘Howard is believed to have calculated that Davis, who decided against challenging for the leadership, has over-estimated his support within the party.’
      • ‘‘The damage you had done over that period of time to this young man is very hard to calculate,’ the judge said.’
      • ‘As Cameron enters, Jem stares at the ground, trying to hide the reeling activity of his brain as he calculates the reason for this unprecedented visit.’
      • ‘Aid for potato farmers will be calculated on the basis of the area of the farms and will depend on the region where the potatoes are grown.’
      • ‘She'd had enough to drink to take the edge off of her fear, but not enough to be unable to calculate.’
      • ‘Reason - cold, calculating, unimpassioned reason - must furnish all the materials for our future support and defense.’
      • ‘The whole time I watched the soldiers train, I felt their eyes on me, too, calculating, trying to see if I was worthy enough of their respect.’
      • ‘I am not quick enough to calculate that for you now but that is the way I see it.’
      • ‘The governor, cautious, calculating, deal-making, fundraising, looks to voters like the base of the political class that rules them.’
      • ‘I don't think any amount of huffing and puffing across the political divide is going to change Greencore's calculated business decision.’
      • ‘Then I carefully calculated the odds against them actually having happened.’
      • ‘I wonder too if the general, who calculated both reason and result so meticulously, would have agreed to lead the invasion?’
      • ‘But she was calculating - I mean, she was wondering ‘What can I do to help solve this problem?’’
      • ‘They mostly seem to be home front propaganda movies. They are charming and calculating and completely captivating.’
      • ‘I don't know that anyone with experience in calculating these matters has had a close look at all the details of this.’
      • ‘A clip was shown of the most nonsensical scene of the movie in which his previously dumb-as-rocks character suddenly becomes smart and calculating.’
      • ‘This is not the sign of the innovator but the preserver, not the gambler but the investor, often willing to take a risk but only where it has been carefully calculated and measured by reason.’
      • ‘So how is the ‘worth’ of a ministry calculated or determined?’
      • ‘With good reason he calculated that his main adversary was no longer a France now nearing exhaustion, but Britain.’
      • ‘What is less clear is what might happen if the minister calculates that for security or political reasons, the election must be postponed or truncated.’
    2. 1.2[no object]Include as an essential element in one's plans.
      • ‘The valuations being attached to the next generation of mobile licences have not been calculated on the basis of any recognised criteria.’
      • ‘There is also a fine passage where Jericho quickly calculates on information-theoretic grounds whether the coming convoy clash will supply enough material to break back into the U-boat Enigma.’
      • ‘You do not have to calculate on the lottery you buy - doing so would be a waste of time and energy.’
      • ‘All other bands are calculated on a pro-rata basis depending on whether they fall into a higher or lower band.’
      • ‘With Meteor's business saver plan, call rates are calculated on a company wide usage for best value.’
      • ‘See, her boyfriend is allergic to nuts, all kinds, so I had been calculating on making something nut-free.’
      • ‘He calculates on the basis of what is right to be done.’
      • ‘That risk figure is calculated on the basis that you figure out what can go wrong and what the chances are of that happening.’
      • ‘The figures were calculated on a pro-forma basis, assuming its restructuring had taken effect at the start of the year.’
      • ‘He points to the well-known ingratitude of princes and quotes George Washington: ‘There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate on real favours from nation to nation.’’
      • ‘The new entitlements will be calculated on the historic information held in the Department of Agriculture and Food in the case of each farmer.’
      expect, anticipate
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  • 2Intend (an action) to have a particular effect.

    ‘his last words were calculated to wound her’
    • ‘None of my remarks were in any way calculated to influence the judicial process.’
    • ‘Yet if this most deceitful of the 20th century's killers is calculating on forgiveness, he may be deceiving himself.’
    • ‘The average wholesale price for power calculated to be 5.1 cents at the end of November.’
    • ‘Major reform calculated to turn our nation into one of the largest single markets in the world is thus deferred till next year.’
    • ‘Confidence intervals were also calculated to confirm the effect size.’
    • ‘Effect sizes were also calculated to see how meaningful the differences in the group means were.’
    • ‘Omissions are not calculated to mislead and do not effect the substance of the certificate.’
    • ‘He was calculated to have consumed nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol when he knocked down the pedestrian, before driving away.’
    • ‘He apparently calculated to keep his impoverished system afloat and himself in power.’
    • ‘Crude odds ratios were calculated to assess the effect of study variables on failure rates.’
    • ‘For each scale, effect sizes were also calculated to provide scale independent estimates.’
    • ‘The choice of the venue at that precise time was calculated to do the maximum damage to the prime minister and to highlight his lofty disdain for anyone who gainsays him.’
    • ‘That is an equally plausible scenario when we tell the truth - sometimes we reasonably err in calculating what the likely consequences will be.’
    • ‘The sanctions are calculated to go into effect on the eve of a presidential election year.’
    • ‘Defences now being put in place have been calculated to ensure a relatively watertight town for the next 50 years.’
    • ‘Everything is rendered in colors calculated to look edgy but remain, oddly, tasteful.’
    • ‘My first thoughts were that this was rather a selfish attitude, calculated to preserve their little bit of moorland.’
    • ‘Odds ratios and corresponding confidence intervals were calculated to measure the main effect of diabetes on eating disorders.’
    • ‘The grey granite exterior is calculated to render the lodge almost invisible against the looming backdrop of the hill.’
    • ‘The height and distances between houses have also been carefully calculated to ensure they can get most of their energy from the sun.’
    • ‘The current process is not achieving significant progress, but minor concessions calculated to win more time.’
    • ‘These anonymous briefings have been finely calculated to provoke a mass of critical scrutiny about the enterprise minister.’
    • ‘This is a man whose pattern of life has not been one calculated to go down the straight road of a politician.’
    • ‘Repaying capital plus interest means that the repayments are higher and are calculated to repay both the loan and the interest by the end of the term.’
    intend, mean, design, plan, aim
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  • 3US dialect [with clause] Suppose or believe.

    ‘I calculate it's pretty difficult to git edication down there’
    • ‘Each experiment was calculated from 12 to 24 independent cultures and at least two independent experiments were done per strain.’
    • ‘After accumulating enough data, we calculated that each person spent at least a full minute in a stall.’
    suppose, presume, think it likely, think, believe, imagine, assume, conjecture, surmise, judge
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Late Middle English: from late Latin calculat- counted, from the verb calculare, from calculus a small pebble (as used on an abacus).