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 What to consider before purchasing a window A/C unit Determine whether your window is compatible with one. Kristin Tablang, House Beautiful, 23 Aug. 2021 This gutter leaf protector is compatible with four-, five-, and six-inch K-style gutters. Bridget Degnan, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Aug. 2021 The kit provided most of the parts for a handgun and was compatible with Glock components, according to Polymer80's website. Robert Jablon, ajc, 10 Aug. 2021 Sanchez offers tips for growing begonias: Begonias prefer temperatures in the high 50s into the 70s, which is compatible with most homes. oregonlive, 9 Aug. 2021 With more design flexibility due to flush and standard installation options, Thermador Built-In Wall ovens are compatible with most existing cutouts and seamlessly fit into a variety of layouts. Time, 8 Aug. 2021 The Lefant vacuum works on hard floors and low pile carpets, has a runtime of an hour and 40 minutes, can cover approximately 1,100 square feet, and is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, 28 July 2021 Thrillingly — devastatingly — not every wireless carrier was compatible with every new phone. refinery29.com, 28 July 2021 The Encode is also compatible with Ring security systems, via the Key by Amazon app, as well as Google Assistant. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 27 July 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 17 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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