- to put together (documents, selections, or other materials) in one book or work.
- to make (a book, writing, or the like) of materials from various sources: to compile an anthology of plays; to compile a graph showing changes in profit.
- to gather together: to compile data.
- Computers. to translate (a computer program) from a high-level language into another language, usually machine language, using a compiler.
Origin of compile
Examples from the Web for compile
Winnowing down countless artifacts to compile A History of New York in 101 Objects was challenging enough.We All Have a Rosebud in Our Pasts
October 15, 2014
One spokesperson even worked late into the night to compile statistics related to Peace Corps safety.The Peace Corps' Awful Secret
August 16, 2014
We would before Christmas compile a thick book of readings for him.Clinton, Bush, and Obama Speechwriters on How They Made the State of the Union Address
January 27, 2014
But I'm willing to bet that when I compile my Top Ten list next December, True Detective will still reign supreme.‘True Detective’ Review: You Have to Watch HBO’s Revolutionary Crime Classic
January 11, 2014
If I was Gchatting with Chinese dissidents, the state could compile evidence for a political trial.Were the Chinese the ‘State-Sponsored Attackers’ Trying to Hack Me?
February 20, 2013
Then I compile a list of the books that I intend to read, and the order in which they should be read.The Book-Hunter at Home
P. B. M. Allan
We compile this month mainly from the London World of Fashion.
From this table the officers work the ship's way, and compile their journals.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
He did not write according to copy, nor compile from commonplace books.Ernest Maltravers, Complete
They, however, compile statistics from data which we furnish.Letters from an Old Railway Official
Charles DeLano Hine
- to make or compose from other materials or sourcesto compile a list of names
- to collect or gather for a book, hobby, etc
- computing to create (a set of machine instructions) from a high-level programming language, using a compiler
Word Origin and History for compile
early 14c., from Old French compiler "compile, collect" (13c.), from Latin compilare "to plunder, rob," probably originally "bundle together, heap up;" hence "to pack up and carry off," from com- "together" (see com-) + pilare "to compress, ram down." Related: Compiled; compiling.