[ kuhm-pyoot ]
/ kəmˈpyut /

verb (used with object), com·put·ed, com·put·ing.

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

verb (used without object), com·put·ed, com·put·ing.

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

1375–1425 for earlier sense; 1580–90 for def 6; (v.) < Latin computāre, equivalent to com- com- + putāre to think; (noun) late Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin computus calculation, number, noun derivative of computāre; cf. putative, count1

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British Dictionary definitions for computable

/ (kəmˈpjuːt) /


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


calculation; computation (esp in the phrase beyond compute)

Derived forms of compute

computable, adjectivecomputability, noun

Word Origin for compute

C17: from Latin computāre, from putāre to think
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