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compound

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verb com·pound \käm-ˈpau̇nd, kəm-ˈ, ˈkäm-ˌ\

Simple Definition of compound

  • : to make (something, such as an error or problem) worse : to add to (something bad)

  • finance : to pay interest on both an amount of money and the interest it has already earned

  • : to form (something) by combining separate things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of compound

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put together (parts) so as to form a whole :  combine <compound ingredients>

  3. 2 :  to form by combining parts <compound a medicine>

  4. 3 a :  to settle amicably :  adjust by agreement b :  to agree for a consideration not to prosecute (an offense) <compound a felony>

  5. 4 a :  to pay (interest) on both the accrued interest and the principal b :  to add to :  augment <we compounded our error in later policy — Robert Lekachman>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to become joined in a compound

  8. 2 :  to come to terms of agreement

compoundable play \-ˈpau̇n-də-bəl, -ˌpau̇n-\ adjective
compounder noun

Examples of compound in a sentence

  1. The interest is compounded at regular intervals.

  2. <we compounded our error by waiting too long to call for help>



Origin of compound

Middle English compounen, from Anglo-French *cumpundre, from Latin componere, from com- + ponere to put — more at position


First Known Use: 14th century


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compound

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adjective com·pound \ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd, käm-ˈ, kəm-ˈ\

Simple Definition of compound

  • : made up of two or more parts

  • : made by combining two or more words

  • : consisting of two or more main clauses

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of compound

  1. 1 :  composed of or resulting from union of separate elements, ingredients, or parts: as a :  composed of united similar elements especially of a kind usually independent <a compound plant ovary> b :  having the blade divided to the midrib and forming two or more leaflets on a common axis <a compound leaf>

  2. 2 :  involving or used in a combination

  3. 3 a of a word :  constituting a compound b of a sentence :  having two or more main clauses

Examples of compound in a sentence

  1. Steamboat is a compound noun.

  2. I told him to leave and he left is a compound sentence.



Origin of compound

Middle English compouned, past participle of compounen


First Known Use: 14th century


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compound

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noun com·pound \ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd\

Definition of compound

  1. 1 a :  a word consisting of components that are words (as rowboat, high school, devil-may-care) b :  a word (as anthropology, kilocycle, builder) consisting of any of various combinations of words, combining forms, or affixes

  2. 2 :  something formed by a union of elements or parts; especially :  a distinct substance formed by chemical union of two or more ingredients in definite proportion by weight



1530

First Known Use of compound

1530

Other Chemical Engineering Terms


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compound

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noun com·pound \ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd\

Definition of compound

  1. :  a fenced or walled-in area containing a group of buildings and especially residences



Origin of compound

by folk etymology from Malay kampung group of buildings, village


First Known Use: 1679



COMPOUND Defined for Kids

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compound

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verb com·pound \käm-ˈpau̇nd\

Definition of compound for Students

compoundedcompounding

  1. 1 :  to form by combining separate things <compound a medicine>

  2. 2 :  to make worse <compound a problem>

  3. 3 :  to pay (interest) on both an original amount of money and on the interest it has already earned




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compound

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adjective com·pound \ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd\

Definition of compound for Students

  1. :  made of or by the union of two or more parts <a compound leaf with three leaflets>




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compound

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noun com·pound \ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd\

Definition of compound for Students

  1. 1 :  a word made up of parts that are themselves words <The words “rowboat” and “hide-and-seek” are compounds.>

  2. 2 :  something (as a chemical) that is formed by combining two or more parts or elements




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compound

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noun com·pound \ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd\

Definition of compound for Students

  1. :  an enclosed area containing a group of buildings




Medical Dictionary

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compound

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transitive verb com·pound \käm-ˈpau̇nd, kəm-ˈ, ˈkäm-ˌ\

Medical Definition of compound

  1. :  to form by combining parts <compound a medicine>




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compound

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adjective com·pound \ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd, käm-ˈ, kəm-ˈ\

Medical Definition of compound

  1. :  composed of or resulting from union of separate elements, ingredients, or parts <a compound substance> <compound glands>




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compound

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noun com·pound \ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd\

Medical Definition of compound

  1. :  something formed by a union of elements or parts; specifically :  a distinct substance formed by chemical union of two or more ingredients in definite proportion by weight




Law Dictionary

compound

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transitive verb com·pound \kəm-ˈpau̇nd\

Legal Definition of compound

  1. 1 :  to agree for a consideration not to prosecute (an offense) Editor's note: Compounding a felony is a common-law crime.

  2. 2 :  to pay (interest) on both the accrued interest and the principal





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