It's all stored on the computer.
a machine that can store and find information, calculate amounts and control other machines:
All the work is done by computer.
He spends a lot of time on the computer, sending emails.
a computer program (= information that tells a computer what to do)
They play computer games every evening.
com‧put‧er S1 W1 AC /kəmˈpjuːtə $ -ər/ BrE AmE noun [countable]
[Word Family: noun: ↑computer, ↑computing, ↑computerization; verb: ↑computerize]
an electronic machine that stores information and uses programs to help you find, organize, or change the information:
a huge global computer network
the latest computer software
The information is stored on computer.
Shoppers can send in their orders by computer and pick up their goods later.
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▪ use a computer Most people do jobs in which they have to use a computer.
▪ log onto a computer (=start using it by typing a password) Next time you log onto your computer, you will have to use a new password.
▪ log off a computer (=stop using a computer system that requires a password)
▪ switch a computer on/off Always switch off your computer at the end of the day.
▪ start up/boot up a computer (=make it start working)
▪ shut down a computer (=close the programs and stop it working)
▪ restart/reboot a computer (=make it start working again) The problem sometimes disappears if I restart my computer.
▪ program a computer (=give it instructions so that it will do a particular job)
▪ hold/store something on a computer This data is all held on a central computer.
▪ a computer starts up/boots up My computer takes ages to start up in the morning.
▪ a computer crashes (=suddenly stops working)
▪ a computer is down (=is not working)
▪ a computer is up (=is working again after stopping working)
▪ software/a program runs on a computer You’ll need the appropriate software running on your computer.
■ computer + NOUN
▪ a computer system Our office is installing a new computer system.
▪ a computer screen/monitor Make sure your computer screen is at the right height.
▪ a computer keyboard The computer keyboard is shaped to put less strain on your wrists.
▪ a computer network (=a set of computers connected to each other) A virus had infected the entire computer network.
▪ a computer program (=a set of instructions stored inside a computer) At school, we’re learning how to write simple computer programs.
▪ computer software (=computer programs) Microsoft Corp is the world’s largest maker of personal computer software.
▪ computer hardware/equipment (=machines and equipment, not programs) a shop that sells computer equipment
▪ a computer game Kids love playing computer games.
▪ computer graphics (=images created by computers) There’s a massive market for high-speed computer graphics.
▪ computer technology the rapid progress in computer technology
▪ computer science (=the study of computers and what they can do)
▪ the computer industry You can make a lot of money in the computer industry.
▪ a computer company He runs his own computer company.
▪ a computer user Technology now allows computer users to talk to each other over the Internet.
▪ a computer programmer (=someone who writes the instructions a computer uses to do a particular job)
▪ a computer expert You don’t need to be a computer expert to use the programme.
▪ a computer hacker (=someone who tries to break into a computer system)
▪ a computer language (=a system of instructions used to program a computer)
▪ computer data CD ROMs store computer data.
▪ a computer virus (=a program that secretly destroys information stored on computers) Computer viruses do a lot of damage every single day.
▪ a computer error The mistake was caused by a computer error.
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■ Actions when using a computer
▪ start up/boot up to make a computer start working: I’m having problems starting up my computer.
▪ log on/in to start using a computer system by typing your name and password: He logged on and read his emails.
▪ click on something to press a button on a computer mouse to choose a program, file etc from the screen: When you click on the link, it sends you to the company’s website.
▪ install to add new software to a computer so that the software is ready to be used: All users should install anti-virus software.
▪ download to move information, pictures, or music from the Internet onto your computer: You can download MP3 files.
▪ upload to move information, pictures, or music from your computer to a different computer across the Internet: Sites such as YouTube allow you to upload your own videos.
▪ open to make a file or program ready to use: Open a new file and type in the information.
▪ scroll up/down to move information on a computer screen up or down so that you can read it: Scroll down to read the questions and answers.
▪ enter to type information into a computer: The program requires you to enter a password.
▪ delete to remove information from a computer: I’ve deleted his email. | When you delete a file, it first gets moved to the recycle bin.
▪ cut and paste to remove information from one place and put it in another place: Tutors are looking out for students who cut and paste their essays from the Internet.
▪ save to make a computer keep the work that you have done on it: Make sure you save any work you do before you shut the computer down.
▪ close to stop having a file or program ready to use: To close the window, click on the ‘X’ in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
▪ log off/out to stop using a computer system by giving it particular instructions: I get an error message when I log off.
▪ shut down to make a computer stop working: Employees should shut their computers down at the end of each day.
▪ restart/reboot to make a computer start working again: Wait a few minutes before rebooting your computer.
com·puter AW [computer computers] [kəmˈpjuːtə(r)] [kəmˈpjuːtər] noun
an electronic machine that can store, organize and find information, do calculations and control other machines
• a personal computer
• Our sales information is processed by computer.
• a computer program
• computer software/hardware/graphics
• a computer error
• computer-aided design
see also desktop computer, microcomputer, personal computer, supercomputer
• A computer model is used to predict forces affecting the aircraft in flight.
• Building a computer has many benefits over buying one.
• Computers can be networked using modems and telephone lines.
• He hacked (into) the school computer with the principal's password.
• It's all stored on the computer.
• It's awful when a virus crashes your computer.
• My computer says that the hard drive is corrupted.
• Such a large sorting operation can take up a lot of computer time.
• The computer stores data in a buffer until the printer can accept it.
• The computers are all down at the moment.
• The computers are all down= not functioning at the moment.
• The data is all held on computer.
• The problem was caused by a computer glitch.
• The software allows you to interface your computer and an OCR reader.
• technicians who fix computers
• the market for home computers
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
computer / kəmpju.tə r / / -t̬ɚ / noun [ C or U ]
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.
a computer program
Word partners for computer
restart / shut down / start up a computer • be connected to / hooked up to a computer • a computer crashes • use a computer • on a computer • by computer • computer equipment / hardware / programs / software • computer literacy
© Cambridge University Press 2013
Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.
A computer is an electronic machine that can store and deal with large amounts of information.
The data are then fed into a computer...
The car was designed by computer.
N-COUNT: also by/on N
com·put·er /kəmˈpjuːtɚ/ noun, pl -ers [count] : an electronic machine that can store and work with large amounts of information
• He works all day on/with a computer.
• a personal/desktop/laptop computer
- often used before another noun
• a computer program/game/virus
• computer software