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Definition of compute verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    compute

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kəmˈpjuːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpjuːt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they compute
    BrE BrE//kəmˈpjuːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpjuːt//
     
    he / she / it computes
    BrE BrE//kəmˈpjuːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpjuːts//
     
    past simple computed
    BrE BrE//kəmˈpjuːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpjuːtɪd//
     
    past participle computed
    BrE BrE//kəmˈpjuːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpjuːtɪd//
     
    -ing form computing
    BrE BrE//kəmˈpjuːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpjuːtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] compute something (formal) to calculate something The losses were computed at £5 million. These measurements can be used to compute the average size.
  2. 2[intransitive] (informal) to make sense That just doesn't compute.
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French computer or Latin computare, from com- ‘together’ + putare ‘to settle (an account)’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: compute