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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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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Recent Examples on the Web What was your process in compiling these guidelines? Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Inside a New Effort to Create Guidelines for Treating COVID-19 Patients," 21 Mar. 2020 After compiling data taken from all over the world, the researchers found that killer fungi known as chytrid had caused declines in at least 501 species of amphibian. George Grall, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 19 Mar. 2020 On Friday, Lederman began gathering volunteers, mostly medical, pharmacy, and nursing students, while Shankar worked on compiling a list of health care workers in need of assistance. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Meet the medical students who launched a program to offer childcare to hospital workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic," 18 Mar. 2020 Investigators didn't compile a timeline of David's last shift, but according to the myriad law enforcement documents, the undisputed parts went like this: David met Easterling at the White Castle about 10:50 p.m. and the two drove to Fernald., "Death, lies and uranium: How an Ohio man’s mysterious disappearance in 1984 still haunts family, friends," 17 Mar. 2020 Guard members' responses to COVID-19 include: Identifying and preparing their facilities for use as isolation housing, and compiling state and medical supply inventories. Delon Thornton, CBS News, "Coronavirus has closed schools. People are urged to stay home. Here's how the National Guard is helping.," 17 Mar. 2020 Each Friday, IndyStar is compiling a list of some of the biggest ways the outbreak is affecting Hoosiers' lives, covering everything from social distancing to the fate of the 2020 Indianapolis 500. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "5 more ways coronavirus changed Indiana this week," 27 Mar. 2020 The analysis was compiled by the FBI’s Houston office and distributed to local law enforcement agencies across the country. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "FBI warns of possible surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans as coronavirus spreads," 27 Mar. 2020 Our Opinion desk compiled artwork that riffs in mostly whimsical ways on the pandemic. Chris Stanford, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Jobless Claims, New Zealand: Your Thursday Briefing," 26 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of compile was in the 14th century

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2 Apr 2020

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“Compile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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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


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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