An example of compute is adding up items on a receipt.

## compute

-·put′ed, -·put′ing

- to determine (a number, amount, etc.) by arithmetic; calculate
- to determine or calculate by using a computer

Origin of compute

Classical Latin*computare*; from

*com-,*with +

*putare,*to reckon, origin, originally , to prune: see pure

- to determine a number, amount, etc.
- to use a computer
- Informal to make sense; seem reasonable; add up: an explanation that does not
*compute*

## compute

verb

**com·put·ed**,

**com·put·ing**,

**com·putes**

verb

, transitive- To determine by mathematics, especially by numerical methods:
*computed the tax due.*See Synonyms at calculate. - To determine by the use of a computer.

verb

, intransitive- To determine an amount or number.
- To use a computer.
- To be reasonable, plausible, or consistent; make sense:
*Your alibi doesn't compute.*

noun

*amounts beyond compute.*

Origin of compute

French*computer*, from Old French, from Latin

*computare*:

*com-*,

*com-*+

*putare*,

*to reckon*; see

*pau-*

^{2}in Indo-European roots. N., Late Latin

*computus*, from Latin

*computare*,

*to compute*.

*Related Forms:*

**com·put′a·bil′i·ty**noun

**com·put′a·ble**adjective

## compute

(*third-person singular simple present* computes, *present participle* computing, *simple past and past participle* computed)

(17th century). From French *computer*, from Latin *computare* (“sum up, reckon, compute”), from *com* (“together”) + *putare* (“cleanse, trim, prune, clear up, settle, adjuct, reckon, count, deem, think, suppose”), from *putus* (“cleansed, clear”)

*See also:*

**computé**

## compute - Computer Definition

To perform mathematical operations or general computer processing. For an explanation of "The 3 C's," or how the computer processes data, see computer.