- 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
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1. estimate, count, figure.
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- to calculate (an answer, result, etc), often with the aid of a computer
- calculation; computation (esp in the phrase beyond compute)
C17: from Latin computāre, from putāre to think
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Word Origin and History for compute
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