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verb
[WITH OBJECT]1 Reckon or calculate (a figure or amount)
‘the hire charge is computed on a daily basis’- ‘We computed the weighted average values for the above variables for the 20 Hungarian counties.’
- ‘However, the same weights are applied in computing percentages for both states.’
- ‘My brain couldn't compute exactly what it was I was seeing.’
- ‘The stem elongation was recorded every second and the software computed an average value every 60 measurements.’
- ‘Most often when we compute a correlation coefficient between two variables, we take observations on both variables.’
- ‘To compute an average of these standards, we first determined a single value for each.’
- ‘They may be able to compute figures in their heads with lightning speed or display a remarkable memory for dates.’
- ‘When you're done, you count up the number of cognates and compute the fraction of words that are cognate.’
- ‘A turing machine can compute anything computable, given sufficient time.’
- ‘We created an index of desire by computing the average of the numeric responses to these two items.’
- ‘The assistant clerk computes the figures and presents his tally to the chief clerk, who examines the calculations before initialing them.’
- ‘We also computed the optimal samples of each size using integer programming.’
- ‘You can borrow my brother's calculator to compute the compound interest if you need it.’
- ‘After the pharmacist enters the required information, the Framingham risk calculator computes a patient's 10-year cardiac risk level and depicts the results graphically.’
- ‘To reduce measurement error, this instrument takes three readings and computes an average.’
- ‘For each participant, we computed a gamma coefficient specific to items that participants had failed in the first recall test.’
- ‘The calculator computes your family's contribution to climate change and determines how many trees you must plant to offset your actions.’
- ‘From these counts we computed the fraction of correct detections among all detections.’
- ‘Then we use the Fisher calculation to compute an overall probability for the whole set of words.’
- ‘For each genome and each kind of bias, we compute a correlation coefficient that expresses the strength of the bias for the genome.’
calculate, work out, reckon, figure, enumerate, determine, evaluate, assess, quantify, put a figure onadd up, add together, count up, tally, total, totalizemeasuretot upcastView synonyms- 1.1informal [no object, with negative]Seem reasonable; make sense.‘the idea of a woman alone in a pub did not compute’
- ‘They do not compute, and more importantly, who can relate to someone who makes almost $97,000 a day?’
- ‘Sadly, when it comes to my pocketbook these days, that does not compute.’
Origin
Early 17th century: from French computer or Latin computare, from com- together + putare to settle (an account).
Pronunciation:
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