Definition of compute in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəmˈpjuːt/


[with object]
1Reckon or calculate (a figure or amount): the hire charge is computed on a daily basis
More example sentences
  • However, the same weights are applied in computing percentages for both states.
  • The stem elongation was recorded every second and the software computed an average value every 60 measurements.
  • The assistant clerk computes the figures and presents his tally to the chief clerk, who examines the calculations before initialing them.
calculate, work out, reckon, figure, enumerate, determine, evaluate, assess, quantify, put a figure on;
add up, add together, count up, tally, total, totalize;
British  tot up
rare cast
1.1 [no object, with negative] informal Seem reasonable; make sense: the idea of a woman alone in a pub did not compute
From the phrase does not compute, once used as an error message in computing
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  • Sadly, when it comes to my pocketbook these days, that does not compute.
  • They do not compute, and more importantly, who can relate to someone who makes almost $97,000 a day?



Pronunciation: /kəmpjuːtəˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • Computer science theories assess the computability and complexity of computational problems, but these theories are generally based on Boolean logic and the binary representation of information.
  • There are wines that have proven their computability with local cuisines over the centuries, wines such as Sancerre in the Loire, Rioja in Spain, Chianti in Tuscany, and the lighter wines of the French and Italian Riviera.
  • It's uncanny the way Turing and Shannon and all these people come together with ideas of computability, digital information theory, and cybernetics at around the same time as DNA falls into place.


Pronunciation: /kəmˈpjuːtəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • ‘A risk-free reference is needed to provide bond investors with a realistic and computable assessment of risk,’ said one fixed-income analyst.
  • Atom depth is an easily computable quantity, yet it allows one to detect some general features of proteins and protein domains.
  • The activity of ‘dividing inventorially’ a text into a logical structure of parts that are computable according to a machine-readable ‘arithmetic’ can indeed be a dizzying enterprise.


Early 17th century: from French computer or Latin computare, from com- 'together' + putare 'to settle (an account)'.

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