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compute

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verb com·pute \kəm-ˈpyüt\

Simple Definition of compute

  • : to find out (something) by using mathematical processes

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of compute

computed

computing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to determine especially by mathematical means; also :  to determine or calculate by means of a computer

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to make calculation :  reckon

  5. 2 :  to use a computer

Examples of compute in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology of compute

Latin computare — more at count


First Known Use: 1616


COMPUTE Defined for Kids

compute

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verb com·pute \kəm-ˈpyüt\

Definition of compute for Students

computed

computing

  1. :  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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