compile

verb
com·​pile | \ kəm-ˈpī(-ə)l How to pronounce compile (audio) \
compiled; compiling

Definition of compile

transitive verb

1 : to compose out of materials from other documents compile a statistical chart
2 : to collect and edit into a volume compile a book of poems
3 : to build up gradually compiled a record of four wins and two losses
4 : to run (something, such as a program) through a compiler

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Synonyms for compile

Synonyms

anthologize, collect

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Examples of compile in a Sentence

He compiled a book of poems. She compiled a list of names. They took the best submissions and compiled them in a single issue of the magazine. We compiled our findings in the report.
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Florida’s report — compiled from data collected by all 67 counties — is required after every major election. Gary Fineout, The Seattle Times, "State: 83,000 voters in Florida didn’t cast a valid ballot," 5 Feb. 2019 The list was compiled based on domestic box office earnings, and Wright ran away with the title with an easy $1.55 billion in revenue. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Letitia Wright Crowned Box Office Queen of 2018," 2 Jan. 2019 This mobilization of soft power is the subject of a new report compiled by the Hoover Institution and the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Roll Back China’s Soft-Power Campaign," 4 Dec. 2018 But those Our Stories have always been compiled by Snapchat employees. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Snapchat, which needs a business boost, is creating a new revenue stream with help from some publishers," 13 Sep. 2018 Both perspectives and stories are compiled using a combination of both AI and experienced human editors, according to Bing. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft shines a 'spotlight' on Bing news searches to add more context," 27 Aug. 2018 The research, compiled by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Control Research Center, is pretty clear: After controlling for variables such as socioeconomic factors and other crime, places with more guns have more gun deaths. German Lopez, Vox, "I’ve covered gun violence for years. The solutions aren’t a big mystery.," 14 Feb. 2019 The clues were compiled by Pop Buzz, with the publication putting together a string of sources that allude to an unconfirmed romance. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Fans Believe Archie and Josie Could Become a Couple," 19 Dec. 2018 Measures of simple average annual returns cited for U.S. stocks, long-term U.S. Treasury bonds and a 60/40 mix of the two were compiled by the paper’s authors. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of compile

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for compile

Middle English, from Anglo-French compiler, from Latin compilare to plunder

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compile

verb

English Language Learners Definition of compile

: to create (a CD, book, list, etc.) by gathering things (such as songs or pieces of writing or information)
: to put together (various songs, pieces of writing, facts, etc.) in a publication or collection
computers : to change (computer programming instructions) into a form the computer can understand and use

compile

verb
com·​pile | \ kəm-ˈpīl How to pronounce compile (audio) \
compiled; compiling

Kids Definition of compile

1 : to create by gathering things together She compiled a list of names.
2 : to put things together in a publication or collection

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