› the part of mathematics that involves the adding and multiplying, etc. of numbers: I've never been very good at arithmetic. an arithmetic test› calculations involving adding and multiplying, etc. numbers: I did some quick mental arithmetic and decided it was going to cost too much. I can't figure out which of these is cheaper - could you do the arithmetic?

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- What does all that add up to? I'm afraid my mental arithmetic isn't very good.
- These kids have had seven years in school and they can't even do some simple arithmetic!
- She was taught reading, writing and arithmetic at the village school.
- He tried to do his tax form but he couldn't work out all the arithmetic.
- I couldn't work in a post office - there is too much arithmetic involved!

arithmetical

adjective uk
/ˌær.ɪθˈmet.ɪ.kəl/ us
/ˌer.ɪθˈmet̬-/ (also arithmetic, uk
/ˌær.ɪθˈmet.ɪk/ us
)

› arithmetical problemsarithmetically

adverb uk
/ˌær.ɪθˈmet.ɪ.kəl.i/ us
/ˌer.ɪθˈmet̬-/

in Arabic | حِساب… |

in Korean | 산수, 산술… |

in Malaysian | aritmetik… |

in French | arithmétique… |

in Turkish | matematik… |

in Italian | aritmetica… |

in Chinese (Traditional) | 算術, 算術運算, 演算… |

in Russian | арифметика… |

in Polish | arytmetyka, obliczenia… |

in Vietnamese | số học… |

in Spanish | aritmética… |

in Portuguese | aritmética… |

in Thai | คณิตศาสตร์… |

in German | die Arithmetik… |

in Catalan | aritmètica… |

in Japanese | 算数, 計算… |

in Indonesian | ilmu hitung… |

in Chinese (Simplified) | 算术, 算术运算, 演算… |

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