An example of compute is adding up items on a receipt.
compute
transitive verb
-·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·putesverb
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
Origin of compute
French 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 computeRelated 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”)
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.