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 For the more than 255,000 acres of the monument north of Interstate 8, grazing could continue if the BLM determined livestock to be compatible with the monument’s mission of protecting pristine desert wilderness and wildlife. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Feds propose to open grazing on Sonoran Desert National Monument," 27 May 2020 Only one of these options—a new ordering of human affairs, driven by the rise of a new kind of politics—was compatible with survival. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "Jonathan Schell’s Warning From the Brink," 22 May 2020 Along the same lines, businesses could be given the option of receiving tax rebates for putting their idle property and equipment to new productive uses that are compatible with social distancing. Dennis Snower For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The government should pay businesses and workers to be productive, not to do nothing," 20 May 2020 Compatibility: While all DVD players are compatible with DVDs, some can also accommodate CDs, play downloads through USB and SD cards, and even pair directly with a phone or tablet. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "5 Best Portable DVD Players for Road Trips," 4 May 2020 While none of these is, on its own, enough to figure out where the atoms are, computer algorithms are able to combine all of these images and figure out what the underlying structure that's compatible with all of these different images. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "First drug known to work against SARS-CoV-2 imaged in action," 1 May 2020 Extended journeys therefore need careful planning to make sure that the battery is fully charged at the start and that compatible fast-charging stations are available en route. The Economist, "Cutting the cord Wireless charging of electric cars looks increasingly promising," 16 May 2020 The Loop will deliver passengers using compatible autonomous electric vehicles based on Tesla technology. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Elon Musk's Boring Company completes second tunnel in Las Vegas," 15 May 2020 The University of California, Berkeley banned online exam proctoring, concerned that poor and rural students lacked sufficient access to high-speed connections and compatible laptops. Nicole Daniels, New York Times, "Should Students Be Monitored When Taking Online Tests?," 12 May 2020 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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Cite this Entry

“Compatible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compatible. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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compatible

adjective
How to pronounce compatible (audio)

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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