# calculate

To calculate is to compute, by figuring out a mathematical equation or a situation. You can calculate your monthly student loan payments, or calculate the risk of not paying them on time.

Calculate derives from the Latin word for "count." When you calculate, you either count something up or calculate on something happening. You might be able to calculate the answer to a simple equation in your head but need a calculator to figure out a more complex problem. And when someone is calculating, they are scheming or conniving, always figuring out the fastest way to get ahead.

Definitions of calculate
1. verb
make a mathematical calculation or computation
synonyms:
work out
be calculated
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quantise, quantize
apply quantum theory to; restrict the number of possible values of (a quantity) or states of (a physical entity or system) so that certain variables can assume only certain discrete magnitudes that are integral multiples of a common factor
extract
calculate the root of a number
process
perform mathematical and logical operations on (data) according to programmed instructions in order to obtain the required information
prorate
divide or assess proportionally
miscalculate, misestimate
calculate incorrectly
recalculate
calculate anew
average, average out
compute the average of
factor, factor in, factor out
resolve into factors
make an addition by combining numbers
deduct, subtract, take off
make a subtraction
multiply
combine by multiplication
divide, fraction
perform a division
extrapolate, interpolate
estimate the value of
differentiate
calculate a derivative; take the derivative
integrate
calculate the integral of; calculate by integration
survey
plot a map of (land)
approximate, estimate, gauge, guess, judge
judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
budget
make a budget
capitalise, capitalize
compute the present value of a business or an income
resolve, solve
find the solution
square
raise to the second power
cube
raise to the third power
foot, foot up
carry back
deduct a loss or an unused credit from taxable income for a prior period
raise
multiply (a number) by itself a specified number of times: 8 is 2 raised to the power 3
halve
divide by two; divide into halves
quarter
divide by four; divide into quarters
triangulate
survey by triangulation
quantise, quantize
approximate (a signal varying continuously in amplitude) by one whose amplitude is restricted to a prescribed set of discrete values
misgauge
gauge something incorrectly or improperly
place, put, set
estimate
give
estimate the duration or outcome of something
lowball, underestimate
make a deliberately low estimate
assess
estimate the value of (property) for taxation
make
calculate as being
count, reckon
take account of
overcapitalise, overcapitalize
estimate the capital value of (a company) at an unreasonably or unlawfully high level
factorise, factorize
resolve (a polynomial) into factors
truncate
approximate by ignoring all terms beyond a chosen one
guesstimate
estimate based on a calculation
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reason
think logically
2. verb
keep an account of
synonyms: account
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credit
accounting: enter as credit
balance
compute credits and debits of an account
overbalance
cause to be off balance
debit
enter as debit
compound
calculate principal and interest
bill, charge
demand payment
finance
sell or provide on credit
impose, levy
charge and collect payment
tithe
exact a tithe from
assess
charge (a person or a property) with a payment, such as a tax or a fine
undercharge
charge (someone) too little money
surcharge
charge an extra fee, as for a special service
invoice
send an bill to
charge
enter a certain amount as a charge
3. verb
judge to be probable
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allow, take into account
allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something
budget for
calculate enough money for; provide for in the budget
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evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of
4. verb
have faith or confidence in
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bank, rely, swear, trust
have confidence or faith in
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