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.
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Recent Examples on the Web At a public meeting on April 13, Seminole commissioners are scheduled to discuss in greater detail how the county should spend the funds and plan to compile a draft list of projects. Martin E. Comas,, "Broadband? Business relief? ‘Send it back’? Seminole leaders weigh options for COVID relief money," 26 Mar. 2021 In addition to the strong offensive performance, the Bulls’ defense, led by junior outside linebacker Ja’Corey Hammett, managed to compile three sacks and 12 tackles for loss. Brett Shweky,, "South Florida high schools hope to defend unprecedented seven-state-title 2019," 30 Oct. 2020 But a Halide compiler cannot compile itself, because a language optimized for image processing doesn’t have all the features needed to write a compiler. Ted Chiang, The New Yorker, "Why Computers Won’t Make Themselves Smarter," 30 Mar. 2021 The Journal Sentinel will again compile a list of restaurants offering meals for the holiday, either takeout or dine-in. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Is your restaurant offering a special on Easter?," 9 Mar. 2021 Hydrologists use the data to compile a monthly water supply outlook report. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Why all that snow we’re shoveling may not rescue Utah from a bad water year," 21 Feb. 2021 Over the last few days, more than 200 volunteers for VaccinateCA have been calling hospitals, pharmacies and other medical centers to compile information about each California county’s vaccination availability. Annie Vainshtein,, "This crowdsourced website tracks where you can get vaccinated in California," 19 Jan. 2021 In the end, Slaght is able to compile information that helps in the creation of a conservation plan for the creature. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Ten Best Science Books of 2020," 27 Nov. 2020 To compile more information about those arrested, The Republic collected information of 129 people arrested using the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office website before their information was removed. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "We looked at who was arrested during Phoenix protests. Here's what we found," 4 June 2020

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

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15 Apr 2021

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“Compile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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