Compute Definition

kəm-pyo͝ot
computed, computes, computing
verb
computed, computes, computing
To determine (a number, amount, etc.) by arithmetic; calculate.
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To determine a number, amount, etc.
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To determine or calculate by using a computer.
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To use a computer.
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To make sense; seem reasonable; add up.
An explanation that does not compute.
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noun
computes
Computation.
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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

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