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“calculate” in British English

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calculateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈkæl.kjə.leɪt/ us /ˈkæl.kjə.leɪt/

B2 to judge the number or amount of something by using the information that you already have, and adding, taking away, multiplying, or dividing numbers:

The cost of the damage caused by the recent storms has been calculated as/at over £5 million.
The new tax system would be calculated on the value of property owned by an individual.
[ + question word ] At some stage we need to calculate when the project will be finished.
[ + that ] He's calculated that it would take him two years to save up enough for a car.

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(Definition of “calculate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“calculate” in American English

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calculateverb [ T ]

us /ˈkæl·kjəˌleɪt/

to judge the amount or value of something by using information and esp. numbers:

[ + question word ] We tried to calculate how fast he was moving when the car crashed.
I calculated the total cost to be over $9000.
[ + that clause ] Lieutenant Chilton calculated that six men had been lost.
calculation
noun [ C/U ] us /ˌkæl·kjəˈleɪ·ʃən/

(Definition of “calculate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“calculate” in Business English

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calculateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈkælkjəleɪt/ us

to find an amount or number using mathematics:

calculate according to/based on/on the basis of Their pension will be calculated on the basis of their earnings and length of service.
calculate that It has been calculated that the economy shrank by 2% last quarter.

to form an opinion about something:

They are already in the lead and are calculating that, in all probability, they will win the election.

(Definition of “calculate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)