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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Although most of the deaths occurred because of arson, Chile’s Human Rights Institute is compiling evidence of 120 cases of abuse by security forces, including five killings. The Economist, "Chile’s president tries to quell unrest," 31 Oct. 2019 Stocks of almost 200 companies that invest in blockchain technology jumped around 8% on Monday, according to an index compiled by East Money Information, with some very quickly hitting their daily limit of a 10% increase. Ben Westcott And Serenitie Wang, CNN, "Chinese investors told to 'stay rational' after Xi Jinping's blockchain embrace causes stock rush," 30 Oct. 2019 Sources said police are compiling a timeline of Herbert’s last 24 hours, reviewing his medical history and searching for people who may have been in contact with him on or before Oct. 16, when his body was found in Hydeville Pond. Dave Altimari,, "A year later, the death of Oliver Herbert of heavy metal band All Things Remain is still a mystery," 19 Oct. 2019 Recommendations Nick Thompson recommends this Spotify playlist compiled by WIRED Senior Writer Jason Parham. Wired, "Facial Recognition Tech Is Coming to a School Near You," 18 Oct. 2019 Much of the meth used here originates in Mexico and is transported to the Twin Cities, according to a 2016 analysis of methamphetamine use and trafficking compiled by federal and state law enforcement officials. Parker Schorr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "While millions are spent to fight the opioid epidemic, a meth crisis quietly grows in Wisconsin," 17 Oct. 2019 At least 18 states have laws or rules that would have barred Steudle from seeking a state contract involving his former agency, according to a summary compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Lights turn green for traffic signal company that hired MDOT director," 14 Oct. 2019 However, neither of my ideas is on 2019's top 10 Halloween costumes, according to Google search info compiled by marketing data and trends provider SEMrush. Allure, "These Are the Most Popular Halloween Costumes of 2019, According to Google," 13 Oct. 2019 Providence Equity acquired a stake in the company in 2016, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Gillian Tan,, "EQT Is in Talks to Buy Data-Center Firm EdgeConneX for $2.5 Billion," 11 Oct. 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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The first known use of compile was in the 14th century

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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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