- 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.
transitive verbcompiled, compiling
- 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 of compileMiddle English compilen ; from Old French compiler ; from Classical Latin compilare, to snatch together, plunder ; from com-, together + pilare, to compress, ram down
transitive verbcom·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.
- Computers To translate (a program) into machine language.
Origin of compileMiddle English compilen, from Old French compiler, probably from Latin compīlāre, to plunder : com-, com- + pīla, heap (of stones), pillar.
(third-person singular simple present compiles, present participle compiling, simple past and past participle compiled)
- To put together; to assemble; to make by gathering things from various sources.
- Samuel Johnson compiled one of the most influential dictionaries of the English language.
- (computing) To use a compiler to process source code and produce executable code.
- After I compile this program I'll run it and see if it works.
- (intransitive, computing) To be successfully processed by a compiler into executable code.
- There must be an error in my source code because it won't compile.
- (computing) An act of compiling code.