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[kuh m-pahyl] /kəmˈpaɪl/
verb (used with object), compiled, compiling.
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
1275-1325; Middle English < Latin compīlāre to rob, pillage, steal from another writer, equivalent to com- com- + -pīlāre, perhaps akin to pīla column, pier, pile1, pīlāre to fix firmly, plant (hence, pile up, accumulate)
Related forms
precompile, verb (used with object), precompiled, precompiling.
recompile, verb (used with object), recompiled, recompiling.
uncompiled, adjective
well-compiled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for compiled
  • Laws were compiled into official tomes, contracts were written down and nothing was valid unless put into words.
  • Made up of dozens of researchers, it compiled all the scientific data available on jellies worldwide.
  • But the ideas, the imagination are triggering the century compiled collective knowledge and power in this symbolic language.
  • In the end, their work was compiled into a multimedia show.
  • As it scans, the cantilever bounces up and down, and data from these movements is compiled to generate a picture of that surface.
  • Unless specifically referenced, the materials presented here have been compiled from the general reference sources listed above.
  • From the answers, the researchers compiled an index of promiscuity for respondents from each country.
  • Someone has compiled this interesting list of lion names from other languages.
  • compiled from various news services and travel sources.
  • To commemorate the food-rich holiday, we've compiled a few recipes to help you celebrate.
British Dictionary definitions for compiled


verb (transitive)
to make or compose from other materials or sources: to 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
C14: from Latin compīlāre to pile together, plunder, from com- together + pīlāre to thrust down, pack
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Word Origin and History for compiled



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.

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