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
The Volunteers compiled a 29-4-1 record from 1950 through 1952, giving up an average of 7.8 points per game.
Switching to softball, Faraimo led the Dons to the section Open Division crown, compiling a 27-1 record in the pitching circle with a 0.60 ERA to go with 251 strikeouts against only 12 walks.
Shelton's attorney, Andrea Gambino, compiled a list of questions for potential jurors, gauging whether the person has worked for Calumet Township or received its services, according to a court document.
After trying 32 kinds of xiaolongbao, reporter Louisa Chu compiled her list of the best places to try them in Chicago.
Allianz SE, Blackrock Inc. and Norway’s sovereign wealth fund are the biggest shareholders, with stakes ranging from 5 percent to 6 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
But after a 5-1 loss in Game 3 against Ottawa, Murray returned to the top of the depth chart and has compiled a 1.35 goals against average and a .946 save percentage in five games.
The dossier published Jan. 10 included explosive claims that Russians had compiled compromising information about Republican Donald Trump.
The dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent claimed that Fridman, Aven and Khan had a history of exchanging illicit favors with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Origin and Etymology of compile
Middle English, from Anglo-French compiler, from Latin compilare to plunder
First Known Use: 14th century
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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