Definition of compute
computed
;computing
transitive verb
: to determine especially by mathematical means <Compute the area of the triangle.>; also : to determine or calculate by means of a computer <computing pi to over one billion places>
intransitive verb
1 : to make calculation : reckon <They compute by weight in selling grain.>
2 : to use a computer
Examples of compute in a sentence
<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: 1579
COMPUTE Defined for English Language Learners
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: to find out (something) by using mathematical processes
COMPUTE Defined for Kids
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computed
computing
: 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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