com·​pi·​la·​tion | \ ˌkäm-pə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce compilation (audio) also -ˌpī-\

Definition of compilation

1 : the act or process of compiling the annual compilation of data
2 : something compiled a compilation of hit songs a compilation of vehicular accident reports

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Examples of compilation in a Sentence

The CD is a compilation of greatest hits. the slow compilation of data

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His first solo album has just been released, a compilation of Baroque arias with the American Bach Soloists. Washington Post, "A high-voiced rising star at 25," 2 July 2019 The ride was the brain child of about 200 Imagineers who spent five years developing the attraction, an estimated $150 million compilation of 150,000 cubic feet of concrete, 1,500 tons of steel and a 14-month construction timeline. Gabrielle Russon,, "Meet Disney World’s voice of the Tower of Terror, a dead ringer for Rod Serling," 27 June 2019 The paper is a first compilation of observations that could be used to aid in the animal’s protection. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "The ocean's largest, rarest stingray revealed in new video," 17 June 2019 After Maza tweeted a video compilation of Crowder's comments on Tuesday of last week, YouTube responded on Twitter that the video did not violate its policies, which led to outcry on social media from YouTube creators and users. Madeline Purdue, USA TODAY, "YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki apologizes to LGBTQ community over handling of anti-gay content," 10 June 2019 TIME Magazine's Person of the Year shortlist is a hard-hitting compilation of the success stories, and heartbreaking failures, experienced in 2018. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Makes TIME's Person of the Year Shortlist in 2018," 10 Dec. 2018 Per contra, there is Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, published in 1936, a compilation and reimagining of the Grandfather Tales. David Mamet, National Review, "Great Writing by Women," 20 June 2019 The 36-year-old’s latest debut is a compilation of her Cry Pretty 360 concerts and rehearsals, as well as an intimate party with friends and family. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood Just Gave a Rare Glimpse Inside Her Life With Her Husband and Kids," 16 June 2019 In the case of Le Botaniste, the book in question is John Derian's Picture Book, a compilation of the designer and decoupage artist's work—which already features prominently in Le Botaniste cafés. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Brilliant, Affordable Way to Get Custom Wallpaper," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of compilation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for compilation

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The first known use of compilation was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of compilation

: a group of things (such as songs or pieces of writing) that have been gathered into a collection
: the act or process of gathering things together


com·​pi·​la·​tion | \ ˌkäm-pə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce compilation (audio) \

Legal Definition of compilation

: a collection of preexisting materials and data so arranged to form a new original work under the law of copyright

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