Calculate and Estimate


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Calculate verb – To determine (a value) by doing the necessary mathematical operations.
Usage example: the family has been calculating what a week at the beach resort would end up costing

Estimate is a synonym for calculate in activity topic. In some cases you can use "Estimate" instead the word "Calculate" as a verb or a noun, when it comes to topics like value, figure, compute, work out. popular alternative
Nearby Words: calculation, calculated, calculating, calculable, calculus
Synonyms for Calculate


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Estimate verb – To decide the size, amount, number, or distance of (something) without actual measurement.
Usage example: we estimated the snowfall to be about a foot

Calculate is a synonym for estimate in value topic. You can use "Calculate" instead a verb "Estimate", if it concerns topics such as figure, compute, solving. popular alternative
Nearby Words: estimation, estimable, estimated, estimating, estimator
Synonyms for Estimate

Common collocations

value calculate value estimate value
amount calculate amount estimate amount
probability calculate probability estimate probability
odds calculate odds estimate odds
Other nouns: time, level, size, volume, location, density, height, damage, numbers, chances, temperature.

Both words in one sentence

  • Film / 2012 Semi-justified in that you can calculate the time it'll take for a wave to reach the Ark, but as it's flowing over a massive landmass, it should be an estimate.
    Source: Film / 2012
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