To save this word, you'll need to log in.

computed; computing

## Definition of *compute*

**:**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

1

**:**to make calculation**:**reckon They compute by weight in selling grain.2

**:**to use a computer3 informal

**:**to make sense No matter how you do the math, it will not work … . It simply does not compute.— Chuck FinderKeep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

#### Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

- Which is a synonym of
**exiguous**?

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ**Test Your Knowledge** - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Merriam-Webster unabridgedWords at Play

Ask the Editors

Share

computeTime Traveler for

compute## The first known use of

computewas in 1579See more words from the same year