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.
Recent Examples on the Web For this article, editors Rebecca Carhart and Hillary Maglin tested and reviewed some of the best portable dryers on the market to compile a list of the most lightweight and reliable options for your next trip. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, 21 June 2022 Naftel said Jefferson County, the state’s largest, will have some slowdown with new procedures because of its geographic size, with 175 precincts, and because officials won’t be able to compile votes at multiple locations, as has been the practice. Mike Cason |, al, 18 May 2022 Antenna is able to compile daily subscriber sign-ups to most streaming services by aggregating data coming from a series of third-party apps that help users manage their email inboxes or keep to a monthly budget. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, 31 Jan. 2022 Although UConn wasn’t able to compile as robust a non-conference schedule as usual, the committee did not seem to penalize the Huskies for that or their relatively easy conference slate. Alexa Philippou,, 14 Mar. 2021 Information about the methodology Forbes uses to compile the list, which captures income the athletes collected between May 1, 2021, and May 1, 2022, can be found here. Brett Knight, Forbes, 18 May 2022 One of her jobs was to compile a list of Jewish prisoners working in factories owned by industrialist Oskar Schindler. Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2022 In all, reporters were able to compile racial data for tickets issued at schools in 68 districts. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, 6 May 2022 In the coming months, USA TODAY Network reporters will embark on a national project to compile data and public records that expose why these disparities in police response and news coverage of missing children occur and how they can be addressed. Gina Barton,, 3 May 2022 See More

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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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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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