compatible

adjective
com·​pat·​i·​ble | \ kəm-ˈpa-tə-bəl How to pronounce compatible (audio) \

Definition of compatible

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : capable of existing together in harmony compatible theories compatible people
2 : capable of cross-fertilizing freely or uniting vegetatively
3 : capable of forming a homogeneous mixture that neither separates nor is altered by chemical interaction
4 : capable of being used in transfusion or grafting without reaction (such as agglutination or tissue rejection)
5 : designed to work with another device or system without modification The printer is compatible with most computers. especially : being a computer designed to operate in the same manner and use the same software as another computer

compatible

noun
plural compatibles

Definition of compatible (Entry 2 of 2)

: a device (such as a computer) or system designed to be used with another device or system without modification This game is available on disk as well as in a full-voiced CD edition for PCs and compatibles.— Scott A. May

Other Words from compatible

Adjective

compatibility \ kəm-​ˌpa-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce compatible (audio) \ noun
compatibleness \ kəm-​ˈpa-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce compatible (audio) \ noun
compatibly \ kəm-​ˈpa-​tə-​blē How to pronounce compatible (audio) \ adverb

Examples of compatible in a Sentence

Adjective two people with compatible personalities This printer is compatible with most PCs.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Owners of compatible Samsung devices can download the app from the Galaxy Store now. Paul Monckton, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Verizon doesn’t offer a comprehensive list of compatible devices but has posted examples of popular phones, tablets and other gear that will lose connectivity. Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2022 WebOS 22 adds individual user profiles for households with multiple people, and one-touch phone screen mirroring with NFC Magic Tap for compatible devices. Will Greenwald, PCMAG, 4 Jan. 2022 As 9to5Mac notes, iPhoneSoft correctly predicted the list of compatible devices for iOS 13 and iOS 14. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 20 Dec. 2021 Part of that effort is to help the neighboring municipalities develop their own land use plans, overlay districts and such that are needed to make sure development around the airport is compatible, Burkes said. Ron Wood, Arkansas Online, 18 Apr. 2022 Usually, cryptocurrencies run on their own blockchains and are not compatible with that of others. Taylor Locke, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2022 The leading recipients of finance include companies like ExxonMobil and Saudi Aramco; their plans to expand drilling operations are beyond what the International Energy Agency says can be compatible with the Paris Agreement. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 29 Mar. 2022 For now, private labs must do the work of creating genetic profiles that are compatible with those generated, much more easily, from a consumer’s saliva. New York Times, 27 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All televisions marketed as HDR-compatible should support this standard. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 18 Nov. 2019 In addition to its slightly larger 10.2-inch retina display, features like the Smart Connector make the new tablet compatible with the full-size Smart Keyboard once relegated to the iPad Pro. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, 10 Sep. 2019 Look for cases that are wireless charging-compatible. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, 20 Dec. 2018 With the success of the PC and PC compatibles, Microsoft became hugely successful. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 16 Oct. 2018 Each zip file contains a vector EPS (Adobe Illustrator version 8+ compatible) and some artists will also include PDF and AI files as well. Jenny Knizner, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2018 Microsoft is also warning, again, that all Windows updates now require the use of a compatible, up-to-date anti-virus program. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 1 Mar. 2018 All are also equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems, and are Apple CarPlay compatible. Charles Fleming, latimes.com, 24 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of compatible

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for compatible

Adjective

Middle English, from Medieval Latin compatibilis, literally, sympathetic, from Late Latin compati

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compatible

adjective
com·​pat·​i·​ble | \ kəm-ˈpa-tə-bəl How to pronounce compatible (audio) \

Kids Definition of compatible

: capable of existing together in harmony

compatible

adjective
com·​pat·​i·​ble | \ kəm-ˈpat-ə-bəl How to pronounce compatible (audio) \

Medical Definition of compatible

1 : capable of existing together in a satisfactory relationship (as marriage)
2 : capable of being used in transfusion or grafting without immunological reaction (as agglutination or tissue rejection) treatment of hemophilia by transfusion of compatible blood
3 of medications : capable of being administered jointly without interacting to produce deleterious effects or impairing their respective actions

Other Words from compatible

compatibility \ -​ˌpat-​ə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce compatible (audio) \ noun, plural compatibilities

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