Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Compute may refer to any of the following:

compute definition1. The term "compute" can have multiple meanings, but the basic meaning is the act of calculating a value using mathematical formulas or methods. A computer processes many functions by computing information, which in its simplest form, is a series of ones and zeroes (called binary code). The computer got its name due to this.

Compute has been used in multiple other forms, but still to refer to the same basic function of calculating, or determining, information. People sometimes make the comment "does not compute" in a joking manner, to mean something does not make sense, or they cannot come up with an answer to a question. Robotic characters in movies and television shows have made similar comments that mean the same thing.

2. Compute may also refer to a computer magazine titled "Compute!" that was published from 1979 to 1994, which focused on the computer system and all the major platforms at the time.

3. Compute is also a common misspelling for "computer."