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

This policy is yielding diminishing returns and, beyond a point, these pillars are not compatible with each other. Johann Chacko, Quartz India, "Like Pakistan, India may soon face the catastrophic costs of steroid-driven nationalism," 3 Sep. 2019 Brett Hansen, a Dell vice president of client software and security, said that customers have been requesting more powerful versions of Chromebooks that are compatible with their corporate IT and security needs. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Google and Dell Technologies’ New Chromebook Is Designed for Business Users," 26 Aug. 2019 In the long run technology can help make trade compatible with conservation. The Economist, "The ban on trading ivory is unfair but necessary," 8 Aug. 2019 Credit card companies and banks, like Chase and American Express, are mailing out special cards with an antenna that makes them compatible with OMNY readers. New York Times, "So Long, Swiping. The ‘Tap-and-Go’ Subway Is Here.," 30 July 2019 Several biotech companies are genetically engineering pigs to make their organs more compatible with the human body. Alex Fox, Science | AAAS, "Top Stories: Monarchs that don’t migrate, Jason stays alive, and human organs in animals," 28 June 2019 Further Reading Sharp 32-inch 4K touch display will be OS X compatibleSharp's IGZO displays first showed up in Japanese cell phones in late 2012, and these were soon being integrated into large-scale touchscreens, designed for desktop computer use. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "What Sharp’s IGZO display technology will mean for the Nintendo Switch," 8 Aug. 2019 For example, the tasting room’s audio/visual system is compatible with most hearing aids and Braille menus are on order. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Maverick Whiskey Distillery transformed a historic downtown bank," 30 July 2019 In addition, only a few smartphones are currently compatible with Verizon 5G. Julio Ojeda-zapata, Twin Cities, "Broadband on the go: Verizon turns on speedy 5G service in parts of St. Paul," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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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 compatibility (audio) \ noun, plural compatibilities

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