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

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 This meant astronomers could not reliably compute the age or fate of the cosmos or the distance to other galaxies. New York Times, 20 Dec. 2021 For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2022 are announced. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 14 Oct. 2021 For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2022 are announced. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 13 Oct. 2021 In these cases, RSEI will use the midpoint of the range to compute concentration estimations. Lylla Younes, ProPublica, 2 Nov. 2021 Healing With Blockchain And Cloud Computing Data science and cloud computing have unlocked the opportunity to leverage highly elastic computational abilities to compute gross carbon product (GCP) across all carbon-generating sources. Mark Livingston, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Further suggestions include the cup formations being used in some way for divination; or for the sorting and storage of pearls; or as systems to compute the time and tides. Dimitris Sideridis, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 Path integration is also thought to enable animals to compute novel shortcuts, find their way home across long distances, and more. Quanta Magazine, 14 Oct. 2021 The Aztecs are significantly taller this season and boast one of the loftier rosters in school history, but that doesn’t automatically compute to dominance on the glass. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Nov. 2021

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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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22 Jan 2022

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“Compute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compute. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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compute

verb

English Language Learners Definition of compute

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

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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