compatible

adjective
com·​pat·​i·​ble | \ kəm-ˈpa-tə-bəl How to pronounce compatible (audio) \

Definition of compatible

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : capable of existing together in harmony compatible theories compatible people
2 : capable of cross-fertilizing freely or uniting vegetatively
3 : capable of forming a homogeneous mixture that neither separates nor is altered by chemical interaction
4 : capable of being used in transfusion or grafting without reaction (such as agglutination or tissue rejection)
5 : designed to work with another device or system without modification The printer is compatible with most computers. especially : being a computer designed to operate in the same manner and use the same software as another computer

compatible

noun
plural compatibles

Definition of compatible (Entry 2 of 2)

: a device (such as a computer) or system designed to be used with another device or system without modification This game is available on disk as well as in a full-voiced CD edition for PCs and compatibles.— Scott A. May

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Other Words from compatible

Adjective

compatibility \ kəm-​ˌpa-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce compatibility (audio) \ noun
compatibleness \ kəm-​ˈpa-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce compatibleness (audio) \ noun
compatibly \ kəm-​ˈpa-​tə-​blē How to pronounce compatibly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of compatible in a Sentence

Adjective two people with compatible personalities This printer is compatible with most PCs.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And the center does its own work to make sure individual dogs will be compatible around families with children or other pets. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Finding new homes for Birmingham Race Course’s greyhounds," 3 June 2020 That means insanely great battery life, but not all Windows apps are compatible. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Now this is 5G worth paying for," 10 July 2020 Compatible with iPhone 8 and higher (and other Qi-compatible devices), the stand is able to charge one device at a time and works in both portrait and landscape modes. Adria Greenhauff, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Wireless Chargers for All of Your Devices, According to Customer Reviews," 9 July 2020 This charging cable is also compatible with other Olight MCC rechargeable products. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "8 Survival Lights You Can Depend on in an Emergency," 2 July 2020 Mophie lists AirPods Pro as being compatible as well. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods on this Mophie pad," 26 June 2020 The panels themselves are high quality and have three USB ports that charge USB-compatible devices directly from the panel. Popular Science, "Small solar panels to power your next adventure," 19 June 2020 Sooner or later, such hybrid-entanglement experiments should become more compact and efficient, breaking free of the workbench to become workhorses that are compatible with telecoms’ existing fiber-optic networks. Dhananjay Khadilkar, Scientific American, "‘Hybrid’ Quantum Networking Demonstrated for First Time," 2 July 2020 The process has been in place in Scottsdale for many years, and is common in many communities to promote design that is compatible with each area, city spokesman Kelly Corsette said. Lorraine Longhi, The Arizona Republic, "Scottsdale told a restaurant owner to take down his mural. The community is fighting to save it," 2 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All televisions marketed as HDR-compatible should support this standard. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "What Is HDR and Why Is It on My TV?," 18 Nov. 2019 In addition to its slightly larger 10.2-inch retina display, features like the Smart Connector make the new tablet compatible with the full-size Smart Keyboard once relegated to the iPad Pro. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Here's Everything Apple Announced Today, From New iPhones to its Netflix Competitor," 10 Sep. 2019 Look for cases that are wireless charging-compatible. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Why You May Actually Want to Upgrade to iPhone's XR Right Now," 20 Dec. 2018 With the success of the PC and PC compatibles, Microsoft became hugely successful. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Paul Allen—Microsoft co-founder, Seahawks owner, and space pioneer—dies at 65," 16 Oct. 2018 Each zip file contains a vector EPS (Adobe Illustrator version 8+ compatible) and some artists will also include PDF and AI files as well. Jenny Knizner, USA TODAY, "11 Free Marketing Resources for Freelancers," 16 Apr. 2018 Microsoft is also warning, again, that all Windows updates now require the use of a compatible, up-to-date anti-virus program. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel’s latest set of Spectre microcode fixes is coming to a Windows update," 1 Mar. 2018 All are also equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems, and are Apple CarPlay compatible. Charles Fleming, latimes.com, "Honda's new Gold Wing: Lighter, leaner, more powerful," 24 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of compatible

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for compatible

Adjective

Middle English, from Medieval Latin compatibilis, literally, sympathetic, from Late Latin compati

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The first known use of compatible was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Compatible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compatible. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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compatible

adjective
How to pronounce compatible (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of compatible

: able to exist together without trouble or conflict : going together well
of devices and especially computers : able to be used together

compatible

adjective
com·​pat·​i·​ble | \ kəm-ˈpa-tə-bəl How to pronounce compatible (audio) \

Kids Definition of compatible

: capable of existing together in harmony

compatible

adjective
com·​pat·​i·​ble | \ kəm-ˈpat-ə-bəl How to pronounce compatible (audio) \

Medical Definition of compatible

1 : capable of existing together in a satisfactory relationship (as marriage)
2 : capable of being used in transfusion or grafting without immunological reaction (as agglutination or tissue rejection) treatment of hemophilia by transfusion of compatible blood
3 of medications : capable of being administered jointly without interacting to produce deleterious effects or impairing their respective actions

Other Words from compatible

compatibility \ -​ˌpat-​ə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce compatibility (audio) \ noun, plural compatibilities

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