# 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.

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

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- computation: outer space that is vast beyond compute.

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## Origin of compute^{}

## Synonyms

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

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## Examples from the Web for compute

### Contemporary Examples

#### From the dawn of supercomputing to the 2-in-1 PC, this is not so much a history of computers as it is the story of how we compute.

How We Compute: Flexible Hardware RequiredSeptember 29, 2014

#### This is hard to compute, considering that their personal wealth is not recent, nor were questions about it unexpected.

What Hillary Clinton Can Learn From Portugal, Costa Rica, and England in the World CupNathan Daschle

July 1, 2014

#### The key thing is to be able to compute the exact origin of these signals: position and depth.

#### The death toll for which Stalin must bear the blame is not easy to compute, but it cannot be less than twenty million.

#### Terman and his assistant relied on biographical accounts of illustrious individuals to compute the scores.

### Historical Examples

#### In our political parties, compute the power of badges and emblems.

Essays, Second SeriesRalph Waldo Emerson

#### How many hundreds were done to death in this fashion it is impossible to compute.

The War in South AfricaArthur Conan Doyle

#### Finally, we compute the moment of momentum of the sun due to its rotation.

The Story of the HeavensRobert Stawell Ball

#### December 5th, 1732, as we compute;—a kind of epoch in his Majesty's life.

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

#### It is difficult to compute the value of the mother to the child.

History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)George Washington Williams

# compute

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

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

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## Word Origin

C17: from Latin computāre, from putāre to think

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## Word Origin and History for compute

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