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 compatible (audio) \ noun
compatibleness \ kəm-​ˈpa-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce compatible (audio) \ noun
compatibly \ kəm-​ˈpa-​tə-​blē How to pronounce compatible (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 As Sony notes, a drive has to meet a number of requirements in order to be compatible with the console. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 15 Sep. 2021 Under the new zoning amendment, the Architectural Review Board must review and approve any development plans for River Farm — also known as Wellington — to ensure that these are compatible with its historic nature. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2021 Finally, the Archer GX90 router is compatible with OneMesh, a new standard for mesh networking. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 People who enjoy books that are compatible with what books currently feel like on ebook readers buy both the hardware and the content. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 14 Sep. 2021 His work creating pigs whose organs are compatible with the human body means a kidney for a patient in desperate need of a transplant might one day come from a swine. Katie Hunt, CNN, 13 Sep. 2021 The new device is compatible with Facebook Assistant, giving users the opportunity to capture moments via voice command and make others around them aware of what is happening. NBC News, 9 Sep. 2021 Peacock is compatible with web Browsers including Chrome 70+ (Windows/Mac), Firefox 65+ (Windows/Mac), MS Edge 40+ (Windows 10 or above) and Safari 12+ (Mac). Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 8 Sep. 2021 And even before this senior European data protection officials questioned whether scanning would be compatible with people’s right to privacy. Matt Burgess, Wired, 8 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All televisions marketed as HDR-compatible should support this standard. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 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, 10 Sep. 2019 Look for cases that are wireless charging-compatible. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, 20 Dec. 2018 With the success of the PC and PC compatibles, Microsoft became hugely successful. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 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, 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, 1 Mar. 2018 All are also equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems, and are Apple CarPlay compatible. Charles Fleming, latimes.com, 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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“Compatible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compatible. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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compatible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of compatible

: able to exist together without trouble or conflict : going together well
: 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 compatible (audio) \ noun, plural compatibilities

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