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 Parker literally wrote the book on how to make meetings and celebrations and all sorts of get-togethers more meaningful, and her monthly newsletter is a compilation of her own musings and other articles on the subject. Fortune, "How to gather with purpose in 2021," 19 Feb. 2021 Below is a compilation of properties sold in East Jefferson Parish from Jan. 12-20., "East Jefferson property transfers for Jan. 12-20, 2021. See a list of home and other sales," 4 Feb. 2021 Nobody Ever Asked Me About the Girls, a compilation—and clear labor of love—of interviews with more than 40 of the most prominent women in music, including the aforementioned performers. Andrea Cuttler, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Writer Lisa Robinson Got the Biggest Women in Music to Let Their Guard Down," 15 Jan. 2021 Decades before, Celia had written a definitive compilation of the prime historic sites in Ellicott City, a popular book that quickly sold out and went out of print. Janet Kusterer,, "Ellicott City historian Charlotte Holland remembered for love of history and music | MOSTLY MAIN," 21 Jan. 2021 Michigan Medicine, too, shared a compilation of hospital employees receiving the vaccine, set to soulful and inspiring music that's sure to move you. Olivia Harrison,, "Inject It Into My Veins: Why I’m Obsessed With Watching Nurses Get The COVID Vaccine," 16 Dec. 2020 Since the coronavirus pandemic reached the country in March, the Turkish Health Ministry has published a daily compilation of the number of tests performed, hospitalizations, deaths and other key information. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Turkey’s Covid-19 Figures Questioned After Asymptomatic Cases Omitted," 2 Oct. 2020 The creatures had been snuck aboard by a space entrepreneur who was only supposed to contribute a DVD-size compilation of human knowledge. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Language of Space Exploration Is Stuck in the 1800s," 17 Sep. 2020 The album will feature 20 tracks, a compilation of highlights from their world tours as selected by Taylor, May, and Lambert from over 200 shows. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Queen + Adam Lambert to release their first live album this fall," 21 Aug. 2020

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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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25 Feb 2021

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“Compilation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 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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