# Definition of compute in US English:

## compute

### verb

[with object]
• 1Calculate or reckon (a figure or amount)

‘we can compute the exact increase’
‘depreciation is computed by applying the straight-line method’
• ‘My brain couldn't compute exactly what it was I was seeing.’
• ‘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.’
• ‘From these counts we computed the fraction of correct detections among all detections.’
• ‘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.’
• ‘They may be able to compute figures in their heads with lightning speed or display a remarkable memory for dates.’
• ‘However, the same weights are applied in computing percentages for both states.’
• ‘To compute an average of these standards, we first determined a single value for each.’
• ‘Then we use the Fisher calculation to compute an overall probability for the whole set of words.’
• ‘We computed the weighted average values for the above variables for the 20 Hungarian counties.’
• ‘When you're done, you count up the number of cognates and compute the fraction of words that are cognate.’
• ‘For each genome and each kind of bias, we compute a correlation coefficient that expresses the strength of the bias for the genome.’
• ‘The calculator computes your family's contribution to climate change and determines how many trees you must plant to offset your actions.’
• ‘You can borrow my brother's calculator to compute the compound interest if you need it.’
• ‘We also computed the optimal samples of each size using integer programming.’
• ‘The assistant clerk computes the figures and presents his tally to the chief clerk, who examines the calculations before initialing them.’
• ‘Most often when we compute a correlation coefficient between two variables, we take observations on both variables.’
• ‘For each participant, we computed a gamma coefficient specific to items that participants had failed in the first recall test.’
• ‘To reduce measurement error, this instrument takes three readings and computes an average.’
• ‘The stem elongation was recorded every second and the software computed an average value every 60 measurements.’
calculate, work out, reckon, figure, enumerate, determine, evaluate, assess, quantify, put a figure on
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1. 1.1no object Make a calculation, especially using a computer.
‘modern circuitry can compute faster than any chess player’
2. 1.2informal no object, with negative Seem reasonable; make sense.
‘the idea just doesn't 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)’.

## compute

/kəmˈpjut//kəmˈpyo͞ot/