# compute

[kuh m-pyoot]

- to determine by calculation; reckon; calculate: to compute the period of Jupiter's revolution.
- to determine by using a computer or calculator.

- to reckon; calculate.
- to use a computer or calculator.
- Informal. to make sense; add up: His reasons for doing that just don't compute.

- computation: outer space that is vast beyond compute.

## Origin of compute^{}

## Synonyms

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com1. estimate, count, figure.

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## Examples from the Web for computable

### Historical Examples

#### It likes big, unmistakable, knock-down effects; it likes to get its money back in palpable, computable change.

Picture and TextHenry James

#### Here is an incident I never can forget;—dating twelve or thirteen years ago (as is computable), middle of July, 1732.

History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XV. (of XXI.)Thomas Carlyle

#### C'est assez vous dire that I can make no plan for any social adventure within any computable time.

The Letters of Henry James, Vol. IIHenry James

#### The sum was not computable by any rule known to arithmetic, mathematics, or any cognate "science of numbers."

# compute

- to calculate (an answer, result, etc), often with the aid of a computer

- calculation; computation (esp in the phrase beyond compute)

## Word Origin

C17: from Latin computāre, from putāre to think

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## Word Origin and History for computable

# compute

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