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


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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Biden still leads the polls, but support has gone down to 27.2% from 32.1%, according to poll averages compiled by RealClear Politics. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Joe Biden Says He Wasn't Ready for Kamala Harris to 'Come After' Him on Civil Rights," 5 July 2019 Research on Russian criminal court cases compiled by media outlet Media Zona shows that out of 2,500 women convicted of manslaughter or murder in 2016 to 2018, nearly 2,000 killed a family member in a domestic violence setting. Nataliya Vasilyeva, USA TODAY, "Three sisters who killed abusive father charged with murder in Russia. Outrage ensued," 5 July 2019 Their data on billionaires came from the Forbes 400, an annual list of the mega-rich compiled by Forbes magazine. The Economist, "Rich people’s problems," 4 July 2019 So far, no company has been able to match the transaction volume of Opendoor, which sold 7,200 homes last year, according to estimates compiled by real estate tech strategist Mike DelPrete., "Opendoor ends free lunch as competition grows for online home-selling firms," 2 July 2019 Nearly half of the 10 fastest-growing jobs compiled by job search company Monster require extensive knowledge of computers. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Top jobs in 2019: Tech and health care lead the way," 28 June 2019 Here’s the running list of such countries, compiled by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit. Akshat Rathi, Quartz, "The growing list of countries committing to a net-zero emissions goal," 27 June 2019 Since April 2017, Bertz has been involved in a total of two shootings, according to a database of police shootings compiled by The Arizona Republic. azcentral, "Phoenix officers who killed fleeing robbery suspect have 6 police shootings between them, records show," 26 June 2019 Long, who caddied most of his career using the yardage books compiled by former Arnold Palmer caddie George Lucas, said every player and caddie on the PGA Tour uses his yardage books. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Why one caddie holds secret key to success on the PGA Tour," 26 June 2019

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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 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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