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compile

[kuh m-pahyl] /kəmˈpaɪl/
verb (used with object), compiled, compiling.
1.
to put together (documents, selections, or other materials) in one book or work.
2.
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.
3.
to gather together:
to compile data.
4.
Computers. to translate (a computer program) from a high-level language into another language, usually machine language, using a compiler.
Origin
1275-1325
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
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-compiled

compile

/kəmˈpaɪl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make or compose from other materials or sources: to compile a list of names
2.
to collect or gather for a book, hobby, etc
3.
(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 pre-compiled

compile

v.

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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