compute

verb com·pute \ kəm-ˈpyüt \

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of compute

Latin computare — more at count


COMPUTE Defined for English Language Learners

compute

verb

Definition of compute for English Language Learners

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


COMPUTE Defined for Kids

compute

verb com·pute \ kəm-ˈpyüt \

Definition of compute for Students

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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