Definition of miscalculate in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Calculate (an amount, distance, or measurement) wrongly.

    ‘they miscalculated the number of new houses that would need to be built’
    • ‘She told him she had miscalculated the amount of money she needed for stock and was in danger of losing her customers if she couldn't meet her commitments.’
    • ‘I finally finished the decking today.… I started to put the deck boards on yesterday whilst it was drizzling with rain and found out that I'd miscalculated the amount of boards I needed.’
    • ‘They died because someone miscalculated the amount of time it would take for the car to cross the railroad tracks.’
    • ‘The storage networking firm today said that an internal audit turned up two specific ways in which it miscalculated the stock compensation.’
    • ‘In the June table of contents, we miscalculated the age of the Jesuit order of priests.’
    • ‘Record companies also reduce royalties by ‘forgetting’ to report sales figures, miscalculating royalties and by preventing artists from auditing record company books.’
    • ‘The Department of Health is understood to have privately admitted miscalculating the cost of the contract, although it has denied this in public.’
    • ‘But within the last two weeks the auditors have discovered staff have been miscalculating the speed of decision-making.’
    • ‘The government signs up for Kyoto and miscalculates the costs.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Fine Gael strongly rejected media claims that their economic document, had miscalculated by €1 billion per annum the borrowing implications of its policy.’
    • ‘‘We've simply miscalculated our tax payments and are willing to pay the remaining sum,’ the company spokesperson told The Jakarta Post.’
    • ‘However, while I woefully miscalculated the percentage points, I was dead-on in my place predictions.’
    • ‘The organisers of the French national lottery had miscalculated the odds, and if someone were to buy up all the tickets they would automatically make a huge profit.’
    • ‘Experts say the immigrants may have been here all along, but earlier estimates may have been miscalculated.’
    • ‘If the historians have miscalculated the number of people who died due to certain action of any particular movement I stand to be corrected.’
    • ‘Not only that, you will be astonished to learn, but it is miscalculated upward.’
    • ‘It appears he miscalculated the scores and after checking with the media present declared that it was a draw after all.’
    • ‘He could have maintained the joint lead had he not miscalculated bogies at the ninth and 17th holes.’
    • ‘The two main reasons for high quotes are either he doesn't want the job or he's miscalculated.’
    • ‘There is growing evidence that insurers routinely miscalculate how much compensation is due.’
    misjudge, make a mistake, make a mistake about, calculate wrongly, estimate wrongly, overestimate, underestimate, overvalue, undervalue
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    1. 1.1Assess (a situation) wrongly.
      ‘the government has seriously miscalculated the effect of privatization’
      • ‘you miscalculated if you imagined I'd fallen for your little scheme’
      • ‘He seriously miscalculated public opinion of the other countries.’
      • ‘No less did he miscalculate the effect on public opinion in Iran.’
      • ‘He also added that he believes that it is essential that the leadership of the People's Liberation Army do not miscalculate in this situation.’
      • ‘‘If this was an attempt to buy off the unions before the conferences, they have seriously miscalculated,’ he said.’
      • ‘He miscalculated his support and underestimated the enemy.’
      • ‘The whole thing was miscalculated and mismanaged - a case of complete incompetence.’
      • ‘And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction.’
      • ‘Of course, in this particular case, they appear to have miscalculated the political impact as well.’
      • ‘I think these candidates may have slightly miscalculated their decisions in recent cases.’
      • ‘We have learned that the terrorists were wrong, that they miscalculated.’
      • ‘Now, though, it is hard to avoid the judgment that the Chancellor is miscalculating.’
      • ‘The military assessment now is that the U.S. miscalculated Iraqi tribal and religious loyalties and did not realize Iraqis are likely to fight only for their brethren.’
      • ‘But it is hard to imagine him miscalculating that it could be done in the teeth of active opposition from the other political parties, the electorate, and a somewhat sullen defence force.’
      • ‘As history shows, he badly miscalculated the magnitude of the US response.’
      • ‘To my mind, the Americans and their allies miscalculated badly.’
      • ‘Microsoft had miscalculated what the typical PC owner wanted.’
      • ‘I suspect that the Republican machine has seriously miscalculated this year.’
      • ‘He seriously miscalculated the attitudes of the other political leaders.’
      • ‘Did we miscalculate how we would be treated and received in Iraq?’
      • ‘As so often before, however, Louis XIV miscalculated how foreigners would view his actions.’



/misˈkalkyəˌlāt/ /mɪsˈkælkjəˌleɪt/