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
Recent Examples on the Web This is not just my own wisdom but a compilation of words and suggestions made by family and friends. Kalani Thorpe,, "This generation has proven its resilience time and time again," 10 June 2020 The Justice in Policing Act is best read as an omnibus compilation of various police-reform proposals that have circulated on Capitol Hill in recent years. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Glaring Hole in the Democrats’ Police Reform Bill," 9 June 2020 YouTube’s Class of 2020 compilation of graduation commencement speeches, led by Barack and Michelle Obama. Justine Browning,, "BTS donates $1 million to Black Lives Matter movement," 7 June 2020 The idea of creating a compilation album inspired Komyati to form the nonprofit. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "The Modern Electric launches Cleveland Verses Foundation to help local music community," 4 June 2020 The following is a compilation of their guidance on choices survivors can make. Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what experts say to do after experiencing sexual assault," 1 June 2020 The poll is a compilation of telephone interviews with a nationally representative random sample of 1,189 adults ages 18 and older. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Nearly half of Americans stressing and skipping medical appointments, survey finds," 27 May 2020 The virtual Mother's Day serenata is a compilation of traditional songs with the greeting message shared in English and Spanish. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "H-E-B celebrates mothers across the world with a special mariachi serenade," 7 May 2020 Meanwhile, their 1988 compilation album, The Hits, entered the Top Rock Albums chart at 49. Katherine Turman,, "REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin on the band's surprising Ozark cameo," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of compilation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for compilation

see compile

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“Compilation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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