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Calculate    : [k'ælkjəl,et]
Calculate \Cal"cu*late\, v. i.
To make a calculation; to forecast consequences; to estimate;
to compute.
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The strong passions, whether good or bad, never
calculate. --F. W.
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Calculate \Cal"cu*late\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Calculater}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Calculating}.] [L, calculatus, p. p. of
calculate, fr. calculus a pebble, a stone used in reckoning;
hence, a reckoning, fr. calx, calcis, a stone used in gaming,
limestone. See {Calx}.]
1. To ascertain or determine by mathematical processes,
usually by the ordinary rules of arithmetic; to reckon up;
to estimate; to compute.
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A calencar exacity calculated than any othe.
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2. To ascertain or predict by mathematical or astrological
computations the time, circumstances, or other conditions
of; to forecast or compute the character or consequences
of; as, to calculate or cast one's nativity.
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A cunning man did calculate my birth. --Shak.
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3. To adjust for purpose; to adapt by forethought or
calculation; to fit or prepare by the adaptation of means
to an end; as, to calculate a system of laws for the
government and protection of a free people.
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[Religion] is . . . calculated for our benefit.
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4. To plan; to expect; to think. [Local, U. S.]

Syn: To compute; reckon; count; estimate; rate.

Usage: {To Calculate}, {Compute}. {Reckon}, {Count}. These
words indicate the means by which we arrive at a given
result in regard to quantity. We calculate with a view
to obtain a certain point of knowledge; as, to
calculate an eclipse. We compute by combining given
numbers, in order to learn the grand result. We reckon
and count in carrying out the details of a
computation. These words are also used in a secondary
and figurative sense. "Calculate is rather a
conjection from what is, as to what may be;
computation is a rational estimate of what has been,
from what is; reckoning is a conclusive conviction, a
pleasing assurance that a thing will happen; counting
indicates an expectation. We calculate on a gain; we
compute any loss sustained, or the amount of any
mischief done; we reckon on a promised pleasure; we
count the hours and minutes until the time of
enjoyment arrives" --Crabb.
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v 1: make a mathematical calculation or computation [synonym:
{calculate}, {cipher}, {cypher}, {compute}, {work out},
{reckon}, {figure}]
2: judge to be probable [synonym: {calculate}, {estimate}, {reckon},
{count on}, {figure}, {forecast}]
3: keep an account of [synonym: {account}, {calculate}]
4: predict in advance [synonym: {forecast}, {calculate}]
5: specifically design a product, event, or activity for a
certain public [synonym: {calculate}, {aim}, {direct}]
6: have faith or confidence in; "you can count on me to help you
any time"; "Look to your friends for support"; "You can bet
on that!"; "Depend on your family in times of crisis" [synonym:
{count}, {bet}, {depend}, {look}, {calculate}, {reckon}]

100 Moby Thesaurus words for "calculate":
add, add up, algebraize, appraise, appreciate, arrange, ascertain,
assay, assess, bank on, build on, calibrate, caliper, cast,
check a parameter, cipher, compute, concert, consider, contrive,
count, count on, cut out, depend, design, determine, devise, dial,
discover, divide, dope out, estimate, evaluate, extract roots,
fathom, figure, figure in, figure out, forecast, forethink, frame,
gauge, graduate, intend, lay plans, lot, make a projection,
make arrangements, measure, mensurate, mete, meter, methodize,
multiply, organize, pace, plan, plan ahead, plot, plumb,
prearrange, premeditate, preresolve, price, prize, probe, program,
project, quantify, quantize, rate, rationalize, reckon, reckon on,
schedule, schematize, scheme, score, set up, shape, size, size up,
sound, span, step, study, subtract, survey, systematize,
take a reading, take account of, tally, triangulate, trust in,
valuate, value, weigh, work out, work out beforehand, work up

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