Definition of “computer” - English Dictionary

“computer” in 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)

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We are living in a computer age.
We want a single integrated computer system, with access restricted to a list of authorised persons to be kept by the institution.
The promotion of free computer programs is an option increasingly used by public administrations and which democratises access to and the use of public documents and data.
We are also preparing a communication to instigate a debate on means of ensuring greater security in the information and knowledge society and in combating computer crime.
With the new communications technologies, it is possible, with a click on the computer, to conclude contracts worldwide or enter into legal transactions within a very short period of time.
Above all, it is highly significant that the candidate countries are now to be directly involved in this computer system, i.e. in this new procedure.
Some experts in the field believe that there is a risk that it will prove impossible for undertakings to adapt their computer systems and software in time.
Not only must it be possible to use different types of technical apparatus in combination with one another, but different computer programs must also be required to understand each other.
As of next year, those in power in my country want there to be full and unconditional access to all log-files and exchanged electronic messages from every single computer.
The directive states this quite explicitly, and it is also prevented by the fact that patent protection for computer-implemented inventions requires a technical contribution.