Definition of compile
- compile a statistical chart
- compile a book of poems
- compiled a record of four wins and two losses
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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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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