compute

verb
com·​pute | \ kəm-ˈpyüt How to pronounce compute (audio) \
computed; computing

Definition of compute

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
3 informal : to make sense No matter how you do the math, it will not work … . It simply does not compute.— Chuck Finder

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Examples of compute in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Google currently employs about 600 people in Michigan, mostly in advertising sales and technical support for services such as Google's cloud-computing platform. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Google plans $17-million expansion in Michigan, to add jobs in Detroit and Ann Arbor," 10 June 2019 Seven years ago, billionaire Marc Benioff’s cloud-computing company Salesforce gave San Francisco schools the biggest corporate gift the district had ever seen. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "‘Maker’ labs, coding class and reading clubs: Salesforce giving boosts SF, Oakland schools," 12 Sep. 2019 Thompson previously worked at a cloud-computing company that provided data services to Capital One, according to court papers. Devlin Barrett, BostonGlobe.com, "Capital One Bank says hacker accessed 100 million applications," 30 July 2019 The insurer did not know which software was used, but a number of the systems are freely offered on the Web and require little sophistication, speech data or computing power. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, "An artificial-intelligence first: Voice-mimicking software reportedly used in a major theft," 5 Sep. 2019 The insurer did not know which software was used, but a number of the systems are freely offered on the Web and require little sophistication, speech data or computing power. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, "An artificial-intelligence first: Voice-mimicking software reportedly used in a major theft," 5 Sep. 2019 Amazon Web Services has a cloud-computing platform specifically for government agencies, which has to meet stringent security standards in order to handle sensitive information. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, "Amazon is developing high-tech surveillance tools for an eager customer: America's police," 8 Aug. 2019 Since 1970 the only notable outlier has been the exponential increase in computing power, which has trickled down to consumers in the form of the Internet and our ever present mobile devices. Wade Roush, Scientific American, "Despite What You Might Think, Major Technological Changes Are Coming More Slowly Than They Once Did," 13 Aug. 2019 That includes its business that rents computing power to other companies, as well as its enterprise software tools such as G Suite. Washington Post, "Google crushes second quarter earnings expectations," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of compute

1579, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for compute

Latin computare — more at count

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The first known use of compute was in 1579

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compute

verb

English Language Learners Definition of compute

: to find out (something) by using mathematical processes

compute

verb
com·​pute | \ kəm-ˈpyüt How to pronounce compute (audio) \
computed; computing

Kids Definition of compute

: to find out by using mathematics compute a total

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