Definition of compile
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 (as a program) through a compiler
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.
Origin and Etymology of compile
Middle English, from Anglo-French compiler, from Latin compilare to plunder
First Known Use: 14th century
COMPILE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of compile for Students
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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