- The definition of compile means to gather a number of things together into one.
Collecting photos for a photo album is an example of to compile.
- to gather and put together (statistics, facts, etc.) in an orderly form
- to compose (a book, etc.) of materials gathered from various sources
- to translate (a computer program, instruction, etc. in a high-level language) into machine language: said of a compiler program
Origin: Middle English compilen ; from Old French compiler ; from Classical Latin compilare, to snatch together, plunder ; from com-, together plush pilare, to compress, ram down
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transitive verb com·piled, com·pil·ing, com·piles
- To gather into a single book.
- To put together or compose from materials gathered from several sources: compile an encyclopedia.
- Computer Science To translate (a program) into machine language.
Origin: Middle English compilen, from Old French compiler, probably from Latin compīlāre, to plunder : com-, com- + pīla, heap (of stones), pillar.
compile - Computer Definition
To translate a program written in a high-level programming language into machine language. See compiler.
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