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What computers and computer programs do

abort

verb

if you abort a computer program, or if it aborts, the computer stops doing something before it is finished

bomb

verb

if a computer program bombs, it stops working because of a problem

boot

verb

if a computer boots, or if you boot it, it starts working and becomes ready to use

buffer

verb

if a computer buffers information, it keeps it temporarily in an area of its memory when you are sending it from one system or program to another

close

verb

if a computer program closes, or if you close it, it stops operating and disappears from your computer screen

corrupt

verb

if computer programs or files are corrupted, they have mistakes in them that prevent them from operating correctly

crash

verb

if a computer or computer program crashes, it suddenly stops working

decode

verb

if a computer decodes information, it changes it into a form that you can understand

deliver

verb

if a computer delivers a particular amount of power, speed, or effectiveness, it makes it available for you to use

display

verb

to show information on a computer screen

emulate

verb

if one computer system or program emulates another, it behaves in the same way

fall over

if a computer program falls over, it stops working

freeze

verb

if a computer screen freezes, or if something freezes it, the images on it become completely still and you cannot move them because there is something wrong with the computer

generate

verb

if a computer generates a report, image etc, it produces it

hibernate

verb

if a computer hibernates, its operating system closes down automatically when the computer is not being used, although the computer itself remains switched on

infect

verb

if a computer virus infects a computer or computer program, it enters it and causes problems

read

verb

if a computer or other piece of electronic equipment reads something, it examines the information on it or copies it to a particular place

reallocate

verb

if a computer reallocates memory, it makes it ready to use for a different purpose

reboot

verb

if a computer or system reboots, or if someone reboots it, it starts again after it has been turned off

scan

verb

if a machine or computer program scans something, it examines it in order to look for a particular thing

scan

verb

if a piece of equipment scans a document, photograph etc, it changes it into a form that can be stored in a computer

go live

if a computer system goes live, all the tests on it have been completed and it can now be used

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