verb (used with object), com·piled, com·pil·ing.
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.
One spokesperson even worked late into the night to compile statistics related to Peace Corps safety.
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|Chris Riback|January 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Andrew Romano|January 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|Eli Lake|February 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He did not write according to copy, nor compile from commonplace books.Ernest Maltravers, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
At the end of the play the "learned men" are made to compile a dialogue "in praise of the owl and the cuckoo."William Shakespeare|John Masefield
I shall only try to compile an ensemble of concise and very precise notions and statements bearing upon this vast subject.The French Impressionists (1860-1900)|Camille Mauclair
He had hoped to compile a digest of English law, but found it more than he could do alone, and had laid it aside.Bacon|Richard William Church
For the reasons which induced Cassiodorus to compile the two books of Formulae, see his Preface (translated, p. 133).The Letters of Cassiodorus|Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
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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.