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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Synonyms for compile


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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Scouting reports were compiled by Express-News staff writer Terrence Thomas from schools that responded to questionnaires. Terrence Thomas,, "Volleyball: 2019 high school scouting report," 4 Aug. 2019 The accounts were compiled from law enforcement and media reports. Suhauna Hussainwriter, Los Angeles Times, "Deadly violence heightens concerns about domestic terrorism and white supremacists," 3 Aug. 2019 More Information Daily Briefing is compiled from San Francisco Chronicle staff and news services., "ICYMI: Pfizer’s hybrid company; Elizabeth Taylor’s car; big London deal," 2 Aug. 2019 The 2018 data includes both salaried and non-salaried employees and was compiled from public filings by Equilar and the New York Times in a report published in May. Iger was granted a $65.6 million pay package last year. Shannon Liao, CNN, "These CEOs make over 1,000 times more than their typical employee," 25 July 2019 Of course, the most sensational evidence compiled from this expedition wasn’t muddy footprints, audio of wood knocks, or chewed up balls. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "I Found Bigfoot...Maybe," 17 July 2019 The explosive allegations were detailed in reports compiled from April to June by case workers for the federal agency that took custody of the minors after they were released from Border Patrol custody. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Sinema, McSally want answers, action on allegations of abuse at Yuma migrant facility," 10 July 2019 Here’s a quick briefing on the Jeffrey Epstein case, compiled from Globe wire reports: Who is Jeffrey Epstein? Martin Finucane,, "Here’s what you need to know about the Jeffrey Epstein case," 8 July 2019 Giblin compiled over 450 wins as a high school coach, including a pair of national titles at Georgetown Prep. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Fallston’s Elizabeth Hillman named captain of U.S. women’s under-19 lacrosse team," 20 July 2019

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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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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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