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compile

[ kuhm-pahyl ]
/ kəmˈpaɪl /
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verb (used with object), com·piled, com·pil·ing.
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.
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Origin of compile

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English, from Latin compīlāre “to rob, pillage, steal from another writer,” equivalent to com- “with” + -pīlāre, perhaps akin to pīla “column, pier,” pīlāre “to fix firmly, plant” (hence, “pile up, accumulate”); see com-, pile1

OTHER WORDS FROM compile

pre·com·pile, verb (used with object), pre·com·piled, pre·com·pil·ing.re·com·pile, verb (used with object), re·com·piled, re·com·pil·ing.un·com·piled, adjectivewell-com·piled, adjective
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How to use compile in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for compile

compile
/ (kəmˈpaɪl) /

verb (tr)
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 for compile

C14: from Latin compīlāre to pile together, plunder, from com- together + pīlāre to thrust down, pack
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