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 In the weeks before he was fired, Mr. Sandoval and his team worked furiously to compile evidence corroborating testimony from the witness claiming to have dropped off a carpet full of cash at the president’s house. New York Times, 24 Aug. 2021 Such experiences led Sethi to compile individual stories of racial discrimination and violence towards minority communities due to the rhetoric and politics of the Trump administration. Amanat Khullar, Quartz India, 5 Nov. 2020 The analyst should be able to compile salary and demographic data on the employees that joined. Shivaram Rajgopal, Forbes, 9 Oct. 2021 Brady was also able to compile two field goal drives in the fourth quarter to put the Bucs over the top., 4 Oct. 2021 Independent groups like FAIR Health have attempted to compile what these expenses might look like. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 23 Sep. 2021 Her frenetic energy on defense has worn down offenses and her willingness to compile 30-point shooting performances when needed has kept the Aces in games. New York Times, 22 Sep. 2021 Counties have until October 15 to report final results, which the Secretary of State will then compile and certify on October 22. Nami Sumida, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sep. 2021 Percussionist Gail Jackson will record nature sounds in Southcentral Alaska to use in live performances and compile the sounds together into a CD. Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2021

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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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“Compile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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
: 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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