compile

verb
com·​pile | \ kəm-ˈpī(-ə)l \
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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Synonyms for compile

Synonyms

anthologize, collect

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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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Cases like Johnson’s are so common that Jennifer Turner, human rights researcher at the American Civil Liberties Union, compiled them in a landmark 2013 report. Jessica Chou, Glamour, "Shawn Holley Will Free You Now," 11 Dec. 2018 To compile our list of the best humidifiers, The Good Housekeeping Institute identified five great picks based upon our categorical knowledge in this category. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Humidifiers to Buy This Winter," 20 Dec. 2018 NumbersUSA, a group that favors reduced immigration, has compiled a list that shows 33 nations grant citizenship to anyone born within their borders. Josh Dawsey, The Seattle Times, "Trump vows to sign order ending birthright citizenship," 30 Oct. 2018 Since leaving the hospital, Kanye had been compiling notes about his experiences and feelings. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Into the Wild With Kanye West," 25 June 2018 And the Commission will have to compile a list of antibiotics that will be reserved for treating only humans. Ed Silverman, STAT, "European Parliament restricts antibiotic use in food-producing livestock," 20 June 2018 The Tribune combed through police files, court records and news reports to compile its own list. chicagotribune.com, "Almost nothing is known about dozens of concealed carry shootings in Illinois. Why?," 15 June 2018 Hagen, 39, had her childcare license revoked by California regulators in 2005 after compiling a long list of safety violations. Brad Schmidt, OregonLive.com, "Oregon failed to identify day care owner's checkered past before new allegations," 6 June 2018 Forbes used salary and bonus data between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018 to compile the list. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "No Women Make Forbes Highest Paid Athletes List; Floyd Mayweather Tops List," 5 June 2018

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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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compile

verb

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

compile

verb
com·​pile | \ kəm-ˈpīl \
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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