com·​pi·​la·​tion | \ ˌkäm-pə-ˈlā-shən 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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This fascinating compilation by one of LA’s most insightful literary voices seeks to explain one of the world’s most misunderstood cities. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018 From Cher's compilation of Abba songs to new studio offerings from Carrie Underwood, Macy Gray, and Josh Groban, there's a little something for everyone this season. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "12 Things Happening in Music This Fall You Just Can't Miss," 6 Sep. 2018 The Deadspin compilation video — which shows clips of dozens of anchors reciting the same words — has circulated widely. Stephen Battaglio,, "Sinclair Broadcast Group's 'false news' promo, which it made news anchors recite, goes viral," 2 Apr. 2018 Finally, there was a four-disc compilation in 2012 called Occupy This Album: 99 Songs for the 99 Percent. Scott Timberg, Vox, "How music has responded to a decade of economic inequality," 30 July 2018 Notably, four out of the top 10 most popular rock albums so far in 2018 are greatest-hits compilations. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Imagine Dragons Lead Nielsen Music's Mid-Year 2018 Rock Charts," 9 July 2018 Check out a short compilation of some of the funniest and best dance routines to Drake's latest hit which has taken America by storm below. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "6ix9ine, Trippie Redd, N.O.R.E., Lil Jon & More Join Drake's 'In My Feelings' Challenge," 12 July 2018 The incident was included in a compilation video of motorcycles running from police that was posted to the FailsandFights YouTube account. Fox News, "143 mph police chase posted to YouTube gets man 1-year motorcycle ban," 25 June 2018 And, of course, in the ultimate Insta mom move, Kylie announced Stormi's birth with a compilation video from the previous nine months: thank you @wttyler for putting this together. Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Is Just Your Basic Instagram Mom," 2 May 2018

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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 \

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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