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compound

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verb com·pound \käm-ˈpau̇nd, kəm-ˈpau̇nd, ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd\

Definition of compound

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put together (parts) so as to form a whole :  combine compound ingredients … a thick sauce compounded of chilies, garlic, and ginger. — Andy Birsh

  3. 2 :  to form by combining parts compound a medicine

  4. 3a :  to settle amicably :  adjust by agreementb :  to agree for a consideration not to prosecute (an offense) compound a felony

  5. 4a :  to pay (interest) on both the accrued interest and the principalb :  to add to :  augment compound an error … had several other medical complications that compounded his condition. — Jeffrey S. Hollis

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to become joined in a compound

  8. 2 :  to come to terms of agreement compounded with the enemy for peace

compoundable

play \käm-ˈpau̇n-də-bəl, kəm-ˈpau̇n-, ˈkäm-ˌpau̇n-\ adjective

compounder

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Examples of compound in a sentence

  1. The interest is compounded at regular intervals.

  2. we compounded our error by waiting too long to call for help

Origin and Etymology of compound

Middle English compounen, from Anglo-French *cumpundre, from Latin componere, from com- + ponere to put — more at position


First Known Use: 14th century


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compound

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adjective com·pound \ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd, käm-ˈpau̇nd, kəm-ˈpau̇nd\

Definition of compound

  1. 1 :  composed of or resulting from union of separate elements, ingredients, or parts: such asa :  composed of united similar elements especially of a kind usually independent a compound plant ovaryb :  having the blade divided to the midrib and forming two or more leaflets on a common axis a compound leaf

  2. 2 :  involving or used in a combination

  3. 3a of a word :  constituting a compound (see 3compound 1)b of a sentence :  having two or more main clauses

Examples of compound in a sentence

  1. Steamboat is a compound noun.

  2. I told him to leave and he left is a compound sentence.

Origin and Etymology of compound

Middle English compouned, past participle of compounen —see 1compound


First Known Use: 14th century


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compound

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noun com·pound \ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd\

Definition of compound

  1. 1a :  a word consisting of components that are words (such as rowboat, high school, devil-may-care)b :  a word (such as anthropology, kilocycle, builder) consisting of any of various combinations of words, combining forms, or affixes

  2. 2 :  something formed by a union of elements or parts; especially :  a distinct substance formed by chemical union of two or more ingredients in definite proportion by weight a new antibiotic compound

Origin and Etymology of compound

see 2compound


First Known Use: 1530

Other Chemical Engineering Terms


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compound

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noun com·pound \ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd\

Definition of compound

  1. :  a fenced or walled-in area containing a group of buildings and especially residences a prison compound an embassy compound

Origin and Etymology of compound

by folk etymology from Malay kampung group of buildings, village


First Known Use: 1679



COMPOUND Defined for English Language Learners

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compound

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verb com·pound \käm-ˈpau̇nd, kəm-ˈpau̇nd, ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd\

Definition of compound for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something, such as an error or problem) worse : to add to (something bad)

  • finance : to pay interest on both an amount of money and the interest it has already earned

  • : to form (something) by combining separate things


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compound

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adjective com·pound \ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd, käm-ˈpau̇nd, kəm-ˈpau̇nd\

Definition of compound for English Language Learners

  • : made up of two or more parts

  • : made by combining two or more words

  • : consisting of two or more main clauses


COMPOUND Defined for Kids

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compound

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verb com·pound \käm-ˈpau̇nd\

Definition of compound for Students

compounded

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compounding

  1. 1 :  to form by combining separate things compound a medicine

  2. 2 :  to make worse compound a problem

  3. 3 :  to pay (interest) on both an original amount of money and on the interest it has already earned


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compound

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adjective com·pound \ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd\

Definition of compound for Students

  1. :  made of or by the union of two or more parts a compound leaf with three leaflets


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compound

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noun com·pound \ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd\

Definition of compound for Students

  1. 1 :  a word made up of parts that are themselves words The words “rowboat” and “hide-and-seek” are compounds.

  2. 2 :  something (as a chemical) that is formed by combining two or more parts or elements


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compound

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noun com·pound \ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd\

Definition of compound for Students

  1. :  an enclosed area containing a group of buildings


Medical Dictionary

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compound

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transitive verb com·pound \käm-ˈpau̇nd, kəm-ˈ, ˈkäm-ˌ\

Medical Definition of compound

  1. :  to form by combining parts compound a medicine


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compound

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adjective com·pound \ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd, käm-ˈ, kəm-ˈ\

Medical Definition of compound

  1. :  composed of or resulting from union of separate elements, ingredients, or parts a compound substance compound glands


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compound

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noun com·pound \ˈkäm-ˌpau̇nd\

Medical Definition of compound

  1. :  something formed by a union of elements or parts; specifically :  a distinct substance formed by chemical union of two or more ingredients in definite proportion by weight


Law Dictionary

compound

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transitive verb com·pound \kəm-ˈpau̇nd\

Legal Definition of compound

  1. 1 :  to agree for a consideration not to prosecute (an offense) Editor's note: Compounding a felony is a common-law crime.

  2. 2 :  to pay (interest) on both the accrued interest and the principal



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