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computer

noun [C or U] uk   /kəmˈpjuː.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/
A1 an electronic machine that is used for storing, organizing, and finding words, numbers, and pictures, for doing calculations, and for controlling other machines: a personal/home computer All our customer orders are handled by computer. We've put all our records on computer. computer software/hardware computer graphics a computer program
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in Korean 컴퓨터…
in Arabic حاسوب, كُمْبيوتر…
in French ordinateur…
in Turkish bilgisayar…
in Italian computer…
in Chinese (Traditional) 電腦…
in Russian компьютер…
in Polish komputer…
in Spanish ordenador…
in Portuguese computador…
in German der Computer…
in Catalan ordinador…
in Japanese コンピュータ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 计算机,电脑…
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