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

transitive verb

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

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 Data compiled shows 320 trans and gender-diverse people were reported murdered between October 2022 and September 2023, according to nonprofit Transgender Europe, though actual numbers could be even higher. C Mandler, CBS News, 20 Nov. 2023 And assistant food editor Danielle Dorsey compiled the best L.A. restaurants for a Thanksgiving takeout feast. Laurie Ochoa, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023 Many international officials and experts familiar with the way death tolls are compiled in the territory say the overall numbers are generally reliable. Raja Abdulrahim Yousef Masoud, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 To compile this list of the best pies to buy online, Kathleen spoke to Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin, founder of, which offers online pie art courses, and Zoe Francois, pastry chef, cookbook author, and blogger at ZoeBakes. Kathleen Felton, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Nov. 2023 The steamy new project compiles the first two Warmest Winter projects with nine brand new songs — eight out today and one more coming alongside the set’s full release on Dec. 8 — perfect for a sultry Christmas between the sheets. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 17 Nov. 2023 Also this morning, Fortune is releasing our annual list of the World’s Best Workplaces, compiled with our partners at Great Place to Work. Alan Murray, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 The Foos previously visited Austin City Limits in 2009 and 2015, highlights from which were compiled into an hour-long 2021 special. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 16 Nov. 2023 Out of the 10 biggest pharmaceutical exporters in the world in 2021, nine came from Europe, according to data compiled by the Observatory for Economic Complexity. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 6 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Compile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


com·​pile kəm-ˈpīl How to pronounce compile (audio)
compiled; compiling
: to collect into a volume or list
compile a book of poems
: to put together in a new form out of materials from other books or documents
compile a history of India
: to translate (as a computer program) with a compiler

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