Definition of miscalculate in English:



  • 1 Calculate (an amount or measurement) wrongly.

    ‘they miscalculated the number of new houses that would need to be built’
    • ‘But within the last two weeks the auditors have discovered staff have been miscalculating the speed of decision-making.’
    • ‘There is growing evidence that insurers routinely miscalculate how much compensation is due.’
    • ‘They died because someone miscalculated the amount of time it would take for the car to cross the railroad tracks.’
    • ‘The two main reasons for high quotes are either he doesn't want the job or he's miscalculated.’
    • ‘In the June table of contents, we miscalculated the age of the Jesuit order of priests.’
    • ‘Record companies also reduce royalties by ‘forgetting’ to report sales figures, miscalculating royalties and by preventing artists from auditing record company books.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Fine Gael strongly rejected media claims that their economic document, had miscalculated by €1 billion per annum the borrowing implications of its policy.’
    • ‘The organisers of the French national lottery had miscalculated the odds, and if someone were to buy up all the tickets they would automatically make a huge profit.’
    • ‘It appears he miscalculated the scores and after checking with the media present declared that it was a draw after all.’
    • ‘However, while I woefully miscalculated the percentage points, I was dead-on in my place predictions.’
    • ‘Not only that, you will be astonished to learn, but it is miscalculated upward.’
    • ‘If the historians have miscalculated the number of people who died due to certain action of any particular movement I stand to be corrected.’
    • ‘I finally finished the decking today.… I started to put the deck boards on yesterday whilst it was drizzling with rain and found out that I'd miscalculated the amount of boards I needed.’
    • ‘‘We've simply miscalculated our tax payments and are willing to pay the remaining sum,’ the company spokesperson told The Jakarta Post.’
    • ‘The government signs up for Kyoto and miscalculates the costs.’
    • ‘Experts say the immigrants may have been here all along, but earlier estimates may have been miscalculated.’
    • ‘She told him she had miscalculated the amount of money she needed for stock and was in danger of losing her customers if she couldn't meet her commitments.’
    • ‘The Department of Health is understood to have privately admitted miscalculating the cost of the contract, although it has denied this in public.’
    • ‘The storage networking firm today said that an internal audit turned up two specific ways in which it miscalculated the stock compensation.’
    • ‘He could have maintained the joint lead had he not miscalculated bogies at the ninth and 17th holes.’
    misjudge, calculate wrongly, estimate wrongly, overestimate, underestimate, overvalue, undervalue
    go wrong, err, make an error, blunder, be wide of the mark
    slip up, make a boo-boo, make a howler
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    1. 1.1Assess (a situation) wrongly.
      ‘the government has seriously miscalculated the effect of privatization’
      [no object] ‘you miscalculated if you imagined I'd fallen for your little scheme’
      • ‘The military assessment now is that the U.S. miscalculated Iraqi tribal and religious loyalties and did not realize Iraqis are likely to fight only for their brethren.’
      • ‘But it is hard to imagine him miscalculating that it could be done in the teeth of active opposition from the other political parties, the electorate, and a somewhat sullen defence force.’
      • ‘He seriously miscalculated public opinion of the other countries.’
      • ‘No less did he miscalculate the effect on public opinion in Iran.’
      • ‘As history shows, he badly miscalculated the magnitude of the US response.’
      • ‘I suspect that the Republican machine has seriously miscalculated this year.’
      • ‘Did we miscalculate how we would be treated and received in Iraq?’
      • ‘To my mind, the Americans and their allies miscalculated badly.’
      • ‘‘If this was an attempt to buy off the unions before the conferences, they have seriously miscalculated,’ he said.’
      • ‘Microsoft had miscalculated what the typical PC owner wanted.’
      • ‘He miscalculated his support and underestimated the enemy.’
      • ‘We have learned that the terrorists were wrong, that they miscalculated.’
      • ‘He seriously miscalculated the attitudes of the other political leaders.’
      • ‘I think these candidates may have slightly miscalculated their decisions in recent cases.’
      • ‘Of course, in this particular case, they appear to have miscalculated the political impact as well.’
      • ‘He also added that he believes that it is essential that the leadership of the People's Liberation Army do not miscalculate in this situation.’
      • ‘Now, though, it is hard to avoid the judgment that the Chancellor is miscalculating.’
      • ‘The whole thing was miscalculated and mismanaged - a case of complete incompetence.’
      • ‘As so often before, however, Louis XIV miscalculated how foreigners would view his actions.’
      • ‘And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction.’