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Definition of compound verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//kɑmˈpaʊnd//
    , NAmE//ˈkɑmpaʊnd//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they compound
    he / she / it compounds
    past simple compounded
    -ing form compounding
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  1. 1[often passive] compound something to make something bad become even worse by causing further damage or problems The problems were compounded by severe food shortages.
  2. 2be compounded of/from something (formal) to be formed from something The DNA molecule is compounded from many smaller molecules.
  3. 3[often passive] compound something (with something) (formal or technology) to mix something together liquid soaps compounded with disinfectant
  4. 4compound something (finance) to pay or charge interest on an amount of money that includes any interest already earned or charged
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: compound