Compute meaning

kəm-pyo͝ot'
To determine or calculate by using a computer.
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(informal) To make sense.

Does that compute, or do I need to explain further?

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To use a computer.
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To determine a number, amount, etc.
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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.

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To determine by mathematics, especially by numerical methods.

Computed the tax due.

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To determine by the use of a computer.
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To determine an amount or number.
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To use a computer.
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To be reasonable, plausible, or consistent; make sense.

Your alibi doesn't compute.

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Computation.

Amounts beyond compute.

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To determine (a number, amount, etc.) by arithmetic; calculate.
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To make sense; seem reasonable; add up.

An explanation that does not compute.

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Computation.
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To perform mathematical operations or general computer processing. For an explanation of "The 3 C's," or how the computer processes data, see computer.
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Can anyone here compute the square root of 10201?

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Origin of compute

  • French computer from Old French from Latin computāre com- com- putāre to reckon pau-2 in Indo-European roots N., Late Latin computus from Latin computāre to compute
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • (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”)
    From Wiktionary