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 In another wrinkle to 5G's buzz is that many consumers don't yet have 5G-compatible phones. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "This is the fastest 5G wireless network right now," 28 Apr. 2021 The Premiere works with TVs that have up to 4K resolution and are HDR-compatible. Matt Jancer, Wired, "21 Gift Ideas for Mom and Dad," 25 Apr. 2021 The battery can easily be charged using a standard USB-C cable connected to the charging case; it can also be topped up using a Qi-compatible wireless charging mat. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "Signia Reveals Hearing Aids With Wireless Earbud Technology And Artificial Intelligence," 21 Apr. 2021 This waterproof, Bluetooth-compatible pick had Amazon shoppers raving over its handy sound booster, which can be used to amplify its bass. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Wednesday," 1 Apr. 2021 This strategy may allow optical communication to compete with large radio-frequency satellite communication dishes, with the advantage of being quantum-compatible. Scientific American, "Adaptive Optics Branches Out," 15 Mar. 2021 Webcams are computer-compatible cameras, most commonly used for video calls, but also for vlogging, live streaming and recording video. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "Webcam vs. document camera," 14 Mar. 2021 The Covid-19 Vaccine Prioritization Dashboard, updated every Wednesday, provides screen-reader-compatible vaccine eligibility information for all U.S. states and territories and is accessible in multiple formats such as Excel, PDF and CSV. NBC News, "Blind Americans face roadblocks booking online vaccine appointments," 13 Mar. 2021 Plus, buying an all-in-one removes the hassle of measuring to make sure your desk is compatible, size-wise, with your bike. Popular Science, "Best under-desk bike: Zoom through a Zoom meeting," 13 Mar. 2021 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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“Compatible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compatible. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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compatible

adjective

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 compatible (audio) \ noun, plural compatibilities

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