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 Slime Language 2, the new compilation from Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life label, debuted at Number One on the Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums chart. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 26 Apr. 2021 Dusk Camp’s Heidi Lawden, Masha Mar and Jeniluv capture that same energy on Dusk Volume 1, a 14-track compilation set for release on June 4th -- also the launch date of Dusk Recordings. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 14 May 2021 The video is an edited compilation of videos from the patrol car dash cam, police body cameras and witness cellphone video. Wilson Wong, NBC News, 28 Apr. 2021 The city agency that investigates shootings released the footage more than two weeks later, after family had a chance to see it, and then the police department released an edited compilation of videos. Peter Nickeas And Marshall Cohen, CNN, 23 Apr. 2021 The dinner opened with a video compilation of music by the Raindrop Ensemble. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Apr. 2021 Strixhaven: School of Mages is changing things up slightly, by replacing the usual Showcase cards with an interesting new compilation of cards called the 'Mystical Archive'. Joe Parlock, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 In March, digital artist Beeple sold a compilation of his works at auction for $69 million. Michael Dobuski, ABC News, 10 Apr. 2021 The short is a four-chapter compilation of cinematic and sonic set pieces, original poetry and music that reflect on Takenaka’s identity and experiences as an Asian American femme. Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2021

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

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1 Jun 2021

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“Compilation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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