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English definition of “calculate”

calculate

verb
 
 
/ˈkælkjəleɪt/
B2 [T] to discover an amount or number using mathematics: to calculate a cost/percentageCalculations and calculatingAddition, subtraction, multiplication and division
be calculated to do sth to be intended to have a particular effect: His comments were calculated to embarrass the prime minister.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping
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