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verb com·pile \kəm-ˈpī(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of compile

  • : to create (a CD, book, list, etc.) by gathering things (such as songs or pieces of writing or information)

  • : to put together (various songs, pieces of writing, facts, etc.) in a publication or collection

  • computers : to change (computer programming instructions) into a form the computer can understand and use

Full Definition of compile

com·piledcom·pil·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to compose out of materials from other documents

  3. 2 :  to collect and edit into a volume

  4. 3 :  to build up gradually <compiled a record of four wins and two losses>

  5. 4 :  to run (as a program) through a compiler

Examples of compile

  1. He compiled a book of poems.

  2. She compiled a list of names.

  3. They took the best submissions and compiled them in a single issue of the magazine.

  4. We compiled our findings in the report.



Origin of compile

Middle English, from Anglo-French compiler, from Latin compilare to plunder


First Known Use: 14th century



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