Definition of “computer” - English Dictionary

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“computer” in British English

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computernoun [ C or U ]

uk /kəmˈpjuː.tər/ us /kəmˈpjuː.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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(Definition of “computer” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“computer” in American English

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computernoun [ C ]

us /kəmˈpju·t̬ər/

an electronic device that can store large amounts of information and be given sets of instructions to organize and change it very quickly:

a desktop/personal computer
a computer program
computer hardware/software

(Definition of “computer” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“computer” in Business English

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computernoun [ C or U ]

uk /kəmˈpjuːtər/ us 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

(Definition of “computer” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)