Compile meaning

kəm-pīl
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.

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To gather into a single book.
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To put together or compose from materials gathered from several sources.

Compile an encyclopedia.

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(computers) To translate (a program) into machine language.
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To gather and put together (statistics, facts, etc.) in an orderly form.
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To compose (a book, etc.) of materials gathered from various sources.
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To translate a program written in a high-level programming language into machine language. See compiler.
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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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(computing) An act of compiling code.
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To translate (a computer program, instruction, etc. in a high-level language) into machine language.
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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