Compile Definition

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To gather and put together (statistics, facts, etc.) in an orderly form.
Webster's New World
To gather into a single book.
American Heritage
To compose (a book, etc.) of materials gathered from various sources.
Webster's New World
To translate (a computer program, instruction, etc. in a high-level language) into machine language.
Webster's New World
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) An act of compiling code.

Origin of Compile

  • Middle English compilen from Old French compiler probably from Latin compīlāre to plunder com- com- pīla heap (of stones), pillar

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • from Old French compiler (early 14c.), from Latin compilo (“heap, plunder”)

    From Wiktionary

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