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

New additions have been released in sort of alphabetical order, but some are backwards-compatible and some aren't. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Downloading the newest Wi-Fi protocols: 802.11ax and 802.11ay explained," 27 Nov. 2018 Microsoft is putting its energy into the faster, more compatible and more secure Edge; if your PC runs Windows 7 or 8 instead of Edge’s required Win 10, switching to Chrome or Firefox will provide vastly better security on the Web. Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY, "Stuck on Chrome? Always use Safari? Remember, you can shop for a new browser," 12 June 2018 Anyone who is a fan of astrology knows that some people are more romantically compatible with others based on their signs. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Does Justin Bieber’s Birth Chart Prove He and Selena Gomez Were Doomed From the Start?," 10 Apr. 2019 This device is also compatible with and certified for use on Verizon’s network, which is another first for OnePlus. Chris Welch, The Verge, "OnePlus 6T announced with premium specs and in-display fingerprint reader," 29 Oct. 2018 Tests were conducted on earlier versions of the Apple Watch, through Series 2, but Cardiogram is now also compatible with Garmin and Android devices, Mr. Ballinger says. Deborah Gage, WSJ, "Wearable Health Monitors: Do They Work?," 16 Sep. 2018 Unlocked phones that work on Verizon are probably also compatible with Sprint. Jeffrey Van Camp, WIRED, "Which Unlimited Data Plan is Best?," 26 Mar. 2018 One of the civilian signals is compatible with other Global Navigation Satellite Systems, so the satellite also plays nice with GPS systems run by Europe, China, India and Japan. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "USAF's Next-Gen GPS Satellites Will Be a Huge Upgrade...Eventually," 26 Dec. 2018 The standard filter is compatible with all Brita pitchers, some of which are currently 25% off on Amazon. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Brita Water Filters Are 50% Off on Amazon In Case You Desperately Need a New One," 25 Jan. 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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