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computer

noun [C or U]
 
 
/kəmˈpjuːtər/ IT
an electronic machine that calculates data very quickly, used for storing, writing, organizing, and sharing information electronically or for controlling other machines: log onto/start/boot up a computer You will need a user name and password in order to log onto the computer.reboot/restart a computer You may need to restart your computer after installing the update.log off/shut down a computer Please log off the network and shut down your computer before you leave the office.a computer crashes If the computer keeps crashing unexpectedly, check to make sure you don't have a virus.a computer is down/up All our computers are down right now. Can I call you back? All our records are held on computer. I've been sitting at the computer all day. Right click to download the file onto your computer. computer hardware/software a computer network/system a personal/desktop/home computer → See also desktop computer, handheld, host computer, laptop, mainframe, notebook, PC, personal computer, supercomputer
(Definition of computer from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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