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: 1616
COMPUTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of compute for English Language Learners
: to find out (something) by using mathematical processes
COMPUTE Defined for Kids
Definition of compute for Students
: 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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