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Definition of Calculate


  1. To ascertain or determine by mathematical processes, usually by the ordinary rules of arithmetic; to reckon up; to estimate; to compute.
  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.
  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.
  4. To plan; to expect; to think.
  5. To make a calculation; to forecast consequences; to estimate; to compute.

Calculate Quotations

I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.
Isaac Newton

Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.
Alexander Hamilton

American stuntmen are smart - they think about safety. When they do a jump in a car, they calculate everything: the speed, the distance... But in Hong Kong, we don't know how to count. Everything we do is a guess. If you've got the guts, you do it. All of my stuntmen have gotten hurt.
Jackie Chan

I like to play cards. I'm not very good, because I don't want to calculate, I just play by instinct. But I've learned a lot of business philosophy by playing poker.
Jack Ma

Before the discovery of quantum mechanics, the framework of physics was this: If you tell me how things are now, I can then use the laws of physics to calculate, and hence predict, how things will be later.
Brian Greene
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Calculate Translations

calculate in Danish is beregne
calculate in Dutch is calculeren, rekenen, berekenen
calculate in Finnish is laskea
calculate in French is calculent, calculons, compter, calculez, calculer
calculate in German is berechnen, planen, berrechnen
calculate in Italian is calcolare, fare i conti
calculate in Norwegian is regne
calculate in Portuguese is calcule
calculate in Spanish is calcular, suputar
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