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  1. the act of compiling: the compilation of documents.
  2. something compiled, as a reference book.
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Origin of compilation

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin compīlatiōn- (stem of compīlātiō). See compile, -ation
Related formscom·pil·a·to·ry [kuhm-pahy-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kəmˈpaɪ ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivepre·com·pi·la·tion, nounre·com·pi·la·tion, noun

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Related Words for compilation

assortment, collection, gathering, anthology, treasury, garner, accumulation, accumulating, aggregating, consolidating, garnering, incorporating, unifying

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British Dictionary definitions for compilation


  1. something collected or compiled, such as a list, report, etc
  2. the act or process of collecting or compiling
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Word Origin and History for compilation


early 15c., "that which is compiled," also "action of compiling," from Middle French compilation, from Latin compilationem (nominative compilatio) "a compilation," literally "a pillaging," noun of action from compilare (see compile).

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