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Definition of "compute" []

  • To determine by mathematics, especially by numerical methods: computed the tax due. See Synonyms at calculate. (verb-transitive)
  • To determine by the use of a computer. (verb-transitive)
  • To determine an amount or number. (verb-intransitive)
  • To use a computer. (verb-intransitive)
  • Informal To be reasonable, plausible, or consistent; make sense: Your alibi doesn't compute. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "compute" in a sentence
  • "Obviously the one thing that Wolfy can't compute is how to have sufficient servers to handle it's user load. palmerkun jthatch"
  • "You'll probably find (after you spend some time here) that most of us started in Linux because we were looking for a better way to "compute" - we started dual-booting Windows and Linux, but started booting the Linux side more and more often, simply because we can use our machines rather than just having to maintain them all the time."
  • "103 His malady increased, and after a dysentery which continued three days, he expired in the palace of Ravenna, in the thirty-third, or, if we compute from the invasion of Italy, in the thirty-seventh year of his reign."