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 Steven Gerrard's goal against Olympiacos, which shows up on most of the 'greatest half-volleys' YouTube compilations, is not a half-volley., "The Complete Guide to Volleys, Half-Volleys, Bouncing Balls; Or 'STOP GETTING VOLLEYS WRONG'," 24 Oct. 2019 Only three teams from the American – Houston, Wichita State and Memphis – are currently considered in the Big Dance, according to, a compilation of 98 mock brackets and prognostications. Fletcher Page,, "John Brannen: For Cincinnati Bearcats basketball, there's 'meaning behind' Houston matchup," 31 Jan. 2020 Today, luxury e-tailer Matches Fashion announced the arrival of The Wedding Edit, a compilation of 30 bespoke collections and 250 unique pieces designed by the likes of Christopher Kane, Wandler, Erdem, and Cecilie Bahnsen. Eliza Huber,, "Say Yes To Matches Fashion’s Wedding Edit," 23 Jan. 2020 The evening is a compilation of film footage, narration, music and dance and the Black Academy of Arts & Letters 200-voice concert choir. KEEP MOVING FORWARD: THE CITY OF IRVING’S MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. Norma Cavazos, Dallas News, "Celebrate MLK Day at parades and other events across Dallas-Fort Worth," 17 Jan. 2020 The tracker is a compilation of recent cases of anti-Jewish vandalism, harassment and assault reported to or detected by the group. Anchorage Daily News, "Jewish leaders urge action after another ‘senseless’ attack," 30 Dec. 2019 Being old enough to have once bought, in earnest, a Rock Against Bush compilation CD is to feel a certain sense of déjà vu in the Trump era. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Toward a Working-Class Anti-War Movement," 13 Jan. 2020 Select the year for compilations going back to 2004. John Goodspeed,, "Long arm of the game law," 26 Dec. 2019 Darryl Pinckney’s latest literary compilation places a historical lens on the most pivotal moments in black America. Candace Mcduffie, The Christian Science Monitor, "Q&A with Darryl Pinckney: The paradox of black visibility," 12 Nov. 2019

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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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19 Feb 2020

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“Compilation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 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


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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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