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Definition of compile verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    compile

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kəmˈpaɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpaɪl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they compile
    BrE BrE//kəmˈpaɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpaɪl//
     
    he / she / it compiles
    BrE BrE//kəmˈpaɪlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpaɪlz//
     
    past simple compiled
    BrE BrE//kəmˈpaɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpaɪld//
     
    past participle compiled
    BrE BrE//kəmˈpaɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpaɪld//
     
    -ing form compiling
    BrE BrE//kəmˈpaɪlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpaɪlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1compile something to produce a book, list, report, etc. by bringing together different items, articles, songs, etc. We are trying to compile a list of suitable people for the job. The album was compiled from live recordings from last year's tour.
  2. 2 compile something (computing) to translate instructions from one computer language into another so that a particular computer can understand them
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French compiler or its apparent source, Latin compilare ‘plunder or plagiarize’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: compile