verb com·pute \kəm-ˈpyüt\

: to find out (something) by using mathematical processes


Full Definition of COMPUTE

transitive verb
:  to determine especially by mathematical means; also :  to determine or calculate by means of a computer
intransitive verb
:  to make calculation :  reckon
:  to use a computer

Examples of COMPUTE

  1. <for the test we were required to compute the answers without using a calculator>

Origin of COMPUTE

Latin computare — more at count
First Known Use: 1616
COMPUTE Defined for Kids


verb com·pute \kəm-ˈpyüt\

Definition of COMPUTE for Kids

:  to find out by using mathematics <compute a total>

Word Root of COMPUTE

The Latin word putāre, meaning to think, gives us the root put. Words from the Latin putāre have something to do with thinking. A reputation is what other people think about something or someone. To compute is to use math to think about a bunch of numbers together in order to answer a problem. To dispute is to argue because two or more people think different things.


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