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[kom-puh-ley-shuh n] /ˌkɒm pəˈleɪ ʃən/
the act of compiling:
the compilation of documents.
something compiled, as a reference book.
Origin of compilation
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin compīlatiōn- (stem of compīlātiō). See compile, -ation
Related forms
[kuh m-pahy-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kəmˈpaɪ ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
precompilation, noun
recompilation, noun
2. collection, assemblage, assortment. Unabridged
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  • The second installment of this alternative-rock compilation brings to the world something more ambivalent than joy.
  • Almost every site is a compilation of material from a bunch of sources.
  • The index, then, is a compilation of informed judgments and perceptions about places that may themselves have many faces.
  • All require the construction of narratives after the compilation of facts.
  • None but the pickiest churl could find a significant omission in this compilation.
  • Happened to see a wonderful compilation of wall-climbing robots from all over the web.
  • It's a compilation of stories from around the world that are of interest to the world of terrorism and counter-terrorism experts.
  • It's a compilation of practice games that make practice more realistic.
  • And, as the compilation is free to download, it's well worth your time to check it out.
  • It's a compilation of his works spanning six decades.
British Dictionary definitions for compilation


something collected or compiled, such as a list, report, etc
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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