compile

verb com·pile \ kəm-ˈpī(-ə)l \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of compile

compiled; compiling
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

Examples of compile in a Sentence

  1. He compiled a book of poems.

  2. She compiled a list of names.

  3. They took the best submissions and compiled them in a single issue of the magazine.

  4. We compiled our findings in the report.

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Origin and Etymology of compile

Middle English, from Anglo-French compiler, from Latin compilare to plunder


COMPILE Defined for English Language Learners

compile

verb

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

compile

verb com·pile \ kəm-ˈpīl \

Definition of compile for Students

compiled; compiling
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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