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(17th century). Borrowing from French computer, from Latin computare (sum up, reckon, compute), from com (together) + putare (cleanse, trim, prune, clear up, settle, adjuct, reckon, count, deem, think, suppose), from putus (cleansed, clear)



compute (third-person singular simple present computes, present participle computing, simple past and past participle computed)

  1. To reckon or calculate.
    Can anyone here compute the square root of 10201?
  2. (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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  1. first-person singular present indicative of computer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of computer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of computer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of computer
  5. second-person singular imperative of computer




  1. First-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of computar
  2. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present subjunctive of computar
  3. Third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of computar
  4. Third-person singular (você) negative imperative of computar




  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of computar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of computar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of computar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of computar.