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.
- to calculate (an answer, result, etc), often with the aid of a computer
- calculation; computation (esp in the phrase beyond compute)
1630s, from French computer, from Latin computare “to count, sum up, reckon together,” from com- “with” (see com-) + putare “to reckon,” originally “to prune” (see pave). Related: Computed; computing.