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calculate

[kal-kyuh-leyt] /ˈkæl kyəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), calculated, calculating.
1.
to determine or ascertain by mathematical methods; compute:
to calculate the velocity of light.
2.
to determine by reasoning, common sense, or practical experience; estimate; evaluate; gauge.
3.
to make suitable or fit for a purpose; adapt (usually used passively and with an infinitive):
His remarks were calculated to inspire our confidence.
4.
Chiefly Northern U.S.
  1. to think; guess.
  2. to intend; plan.
verb (used without object), calculated, calculating.
5.
to make a computation or form an estimate.
6.
to count or rely (usually followed by on or upon):
They calculated on good weather.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Late Latin calculātus reckoned (past participle of calculāre), equivalent to calculus pebble (see calculus) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
precalculate, verb (used with object), precalculated, precalculating.
Synonyms
1. count, figure, cast. 3. design, plan, intend, mean.
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-calculate

calculate

/ˈkælkjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
to solve (one or more problems) by a mathematical procedure; compute
2.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to determine beforehand by judgment, reasoning, etc; estimate
3.
(transitive; usually passive) to design specifically; aim: the car was calculated to appeal to women
4.
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to depend; rely
5.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) (US, dialect)
  1. to suppose; think
  2. to intend (to do something)
Derived Forms
calculative (ˈkælkjʊlətɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin calculāre, from calculus pebble used as a counter; see calculus
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Word Origin and History for pre-calculate

calculate

v.

1560s, "to compute, to estimate by mathematical means," from Latin calculatus, past participle of calculare "to reckon, compute," from calculus (see calculus). Meaning "to plan, devise" is from 1650s. Replaced earlier calculen (mid-14c.), from Old French calculer. Related: Calculable.

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