compatible

adjective
com·​pat·​i·​ble | \ kəm-ˈpa-tə-bəl \

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 \ noun
compatibleness \ kəm-​ˈpa-​tə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
compatibly \ kəm-​ˈpa-​tə-​blē \ 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

To name a few compatible phones, this ranges from Samsung’s Galaxy S9, LG G7 ThinQ, iPhone X, iPhone XS, Google Pixel 3, and several more. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Samsung’s Wireless Duo charger is more than 50 percent off at Amazon today," 3 Dec. 2018 However, the newly compatible phones won’t be getting the full Fi experience. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google Fi wireless service now works with iPhones and most Android phones, but there’s a catch," 28 Nov. 2018 Telecom companies are already testing 5G service in cities across the country, and compatible phones are expected to be released next year. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "City of Seattle fighting federal government’s new 5G rules," 2 Oct. 2018 Other signs which are compatible while keeping things fresh include: Aquarius and Gemini. Ashley Otero, Teen Vogue, "Who You Should Date, Based on Your Horoscope," 20 Aug. 2018 Currently, almost 4,000 people are on a waiting list for a heart transplant: The only candidates who will receive one are those lucky enough to be matched with a compatible donor before their own heart gives up the ghost. Henry Petroski, WSJ, "‘Ticker’ Review: The Race to Reinvent the Heart," 3 Aug. 2018 The larger data allowance lasts as long as the customer maintains the service, Verizon said, and customers can bring their own compatible phone or buy one from the company. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Verizon Gets More Generous With Data on Prepaid Plans," 27 June 2018 The actual perpetrators show up as narrators, offering slightly different but essentially compatible versions of events with at least the partial wisdom of hindsight. Bart Layton, New York Times, "Review: In ‘American Animals,’ These Guys Didn’t Visit the Library to Study," 30 May 2018 Possible exceptions: Diehards who already own a compatible phone or who can’t attend games in person. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Putting the NBA in Virtual Reality to the Test," 20 Apr. 2018

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
com·​pat·​i·​ble | \ kəm-ˈpa-tə-bəl \

Kids Definition of compatible

: capable of existing together in harmony

compatible

adjective
com·​pat·​i·​ble | \ kəm-ˈpat-ə-bəl \

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 \ noun, plural -ties

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