17th century. Borrowed from French computer, from Latin computō. Pronunciation
  • enPR: kəm-pyo͞ot', IPA: /kəmˈpjuːt/

compute (computes, present participle computing; past and past participle computed)

  1. (transitive) To reckon or calculate.
    Can anyone here compute the square root of 10201?
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book VI”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗, lines 680–687:
      Effulgence of my Glorie, Son belov’d, / Son in whoſe face inviſible is beheld / Viſibly, what by Deitie I am, / And in whoſe hand what by Decree I doe, / Second Omnipotence, two dayes are paſt, / Two dayes, as we compute the dayes of Heav’n, / Since Michael and his Powers went forth to tame / Theſe diſobedient{{...}
  2. (intransitive, informal) To make sense.
    Does that compute, or do I need to explain further?
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compute (uncountable)

  1. (computing, informal) computational power
    • 2015, J. Powell, Mastering vRealize Automation 6.2 (page 41)
      Once you have the total, does it exceed the maximum amount of compute that can be served up in your vCenter environment? It is quite normal for users to consume everything you provide.
    • 2016, Joe Baron, ‎Hisham Baz, ‎Tim Bixler, AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide: Associate Exam
      To change the amount of compute and memory, you can select a different DB Instance class of the database.

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