Definition of compile
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
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 of compile from the Web
Analysts had predicted $3.11, according to the average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
If those ratings were compiled the way a student’s grade point average is calculated, the public schools would collectively get a B. When asked to rate the nation’s schools, however, respondents are far less sanguine.
Wood, who signed a two year, $12 million contract as a free agent during the offseason, has made 26 appearances this year, compiling a 6.06 ERA over 32.2 innings.
For the week ended July 9, compiled by NPD Bookscan, © 2017 NPD Group, for Publishers Weekly.
A recent report compiled by Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer counted 188 vacant storefronts along Broadway, one of the world’s great shopping corridors.
Some estimates compiled by Quartz—including one leaked from the Department of Homeland Security in February—put the cost of the wall at $15 billion to $25 billion, $12 billion to $15 billion, and $21.6 billion.
The list, compiled by comparing touring numbers from Pollstar and record sales data from Nielsen, along with independent research, is based on estimates of pretax income from June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017.
In true millennial fashion, compiling lists like this has already become a meme.
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Origin and Etymology of compile
Middle English, from Anglo-French compiler, from Latin compilare to plunder
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
COMPILE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of compile for English Language Learners
: 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
COMPILE Defined for Kids
Definition of compile for Students
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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