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Meaning of “calculating” in the English Dictionary

"calculating" in British English

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calculatingadjective

uk   /ˈkæl.kjʊ.leɪ.tɪŋ/  us   /-t̬ɪŋ/
often ​controllingsituations for ​your own ​advantage in a way that is ​slightlyunpleasant and ​causespeople not to ​trust you: In the ​film she's ​depicted as a very cold and calculating ​character.
(Definition of calculating from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"calculating" in American English

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calculatingadjective

 us   /ˈkæl·kjəˌleɪ·t̬ɪŋ/
using other ​people or ​situations as a way to get something you ​want, esp. in a ​selfish or ​secret way: The ​letterreveals a very calculating ​young man who had always ​sought a ​career in ​politics.
(Definition of calculating from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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