- The definition of compute means to add up, or to calculate with the use of a computer.
An example of compute is adding up items on a receipt.
transitive verbcomputed, computing
- to determine (a number, amount, etc.) by arithmetic; calculate
- to determine or calculate by using a computer
Origin of computeClassical 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
verbcom·put·ed, com·put·ing, com·putes
- To determine by mathematics, especially by numerical methods: computed the tax due. See Synonyms at calculate.
- To determine by the use of a computer.
- To determine an amount or number.
- To use a computer.
- To be reasonable, plausible, or consistent; make sense: Your alibi doesn't compute.
Origin of computeFrench computer, from Old French, from Latin computāre : com-, com- + putāre, to reckon; see pau-2 in Indo-European roots. N., Late Latin computus, from Latin computāre, to 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”)