com·​pile | \kəm-ˈpī(-ə)l \
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


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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That same month, Axios’s Jonathan Swan reported that congressional Republicans had compiled a lengthy, unsettling list of possible topics that a new Democratic majority could investigate. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Trump’s free ride from Congress just ended," 7 Nov. 2018 Officials assign each asylum-seeker an identification number and begin compiling a file that will follow him through several bureaucracies and on to immigration courts. Jillian Kay Melchior, WSJ, "Is There a Crisis at the Border?," 5 Nov. 2018 The most exciting part of compiling these fantastic, last-minute costumes is the fact that all of the pieces can be worn over and over again, long after the moon sets on All Hallows’ Eve. Katie Devlin, Vogue, "11 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes, Inspired by Feel-Good Movies," 30 Oct. 2018 The researchers began by compiling a list of 570 sites that had been identified as false news sources in previous studies and online lists. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook hired a new public defender, and he should start with WhatsApp," 20 Oct. 2018 In the course of compiling its annual Emerging Trends report, the Urban Land Institute found that the only certainty in its outlook for 2019 was uncertainty. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The 10 top emerging trends that will shape real estate in 2019," 10 Oct. 2018 Those activities earned him a dubious spot on a list recently compiled for the county's Department of Human Assistance. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "This man cost Sacramento County more in one year than any other homeless person," 8 July 2018 Last season while pitching in the Mariners’ system, Neidert struggled when he was promoted to Double A — compiling a 6.56 ERA in six starts. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "This pitching prospect picked up valuable insights this spring from Marlins' starters," 9 July 2018 New York clicked in late April and hasn’t slowed since, compiling a 52–26 mark that leaves them only a half game behind. Alex Putterman, The Atlantic, "The Yankees–Red Sox Rivalry Is Back in Full Force," 28 June 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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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 \
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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