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compute (verb) calculate.

We compute when we calculate. We compute interest on a certain principal amount over a period, when we calculate it. Profits and losses are computed if they are calculated. When we calculate averages, percentages, volumes, areas, etc., we compute them.

  • When the accountant of the firm placed the loss sustained by the company at a million dollars, the partners were not convinced. They felt that he had computed it wrongly and wanted him to redo the calculations.
  • The annual income of the company as computed by the tax department did not tally with the figure arrived at by the company's accounts section. The tax department computed it in a way that showed the company as having a higher income.
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