Compound meaning

kŏm-pound', kəm-, kŏm'pound'
Compound means to mix multiple ingredients together or make something bigger.

An example of compound is to blend grass clippings, leaves and vegetable matter for compost.

An example of compound is adding rocks to a rock pile.

An example of compound is to gain interest on money in a savings account.

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To combine so as to form a whole; mix.

Tin was often compounded with lead to make pewter.

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To produce or create by combining two or more ingredients or parts; compose or make up.

Pharmacists compounding prescriptions.

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A building or buildings, especially a residence or group of residences, set off and enclosed by a barrier.
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A substance consisting of atoms or ions of two or more different elements in definite proportions joined by chemical bonds into a molecule. The elements cannot be separated by physical means. Water, for example, is a compound having two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom per molecule.
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The definition of a compound is something that contains two or more parts.

An example of compound is a mixed cocktail.

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To compute (interest) on the principal and accrued interest.
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To come to terms; agree.
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Composed of more than one part.

A compound pistil.

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A combination of two or more elements or parts.
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A word that consists either of two or more elements that are independent words, such as loudspeaker, self-portrait, or high school, or of specially modified combining forms of words, such as Greek philosophia, from philo-, “loving,” and sophia, “wisdom.”
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A pure, macroscopically homogeneous substance consisting of atoms or ions of two or more different elements in definite proportions that cannot be separated by physical means. A compound usually has properties unlike those of its constituent elements.
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An enclosed area used for confining prisoners of war.
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To mix or combine.
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To make by combining parts or elements.
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To combine in or form a compound.
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To settle by mutual agreement; specif., to settle (a debt) by a compromise payment of less than the total claim.
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An enclosed space with a building or group of buildings within it.
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Composed of more than one part, as a compound eye or leaf.
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To determine the interest on the principal and on whatever interest has already accrued.
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To settle a claim or debt for an amount less than what is alleged to be due.
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To agree, in exchange for consideration, not to prosecute a crime or seek punishment for the convicted criminal. See also compounding a crime.
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An enclosure within which workers, prisoners, or soldiers are confined.
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A group of buildings situated close together, eg. for a school or block of offices.
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Composed of elements; not simple.

A compound word.

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(music) An octave higher than originally (i.e. a compound major second is equivalent to a major ninth).
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Anything made by combining several things.
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(chemistry, dated) A substance made from any combination elements.
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(chemistry) A substance formed by chemical union of two or more ingredients in definite proportions by weight.
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(linguistics) A lexeme that consists of more than one stem; compound word; for example laptop, formed from lap and top.
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To form (a resulting mixture) by combining different elements, ingredients, or parts.

To compound a medicine.

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To assemble (ingredients) into a whole; to combine, mix, or unite.
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To modify or change by combination with some other thing or part; to mingle with something else.
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(law) To settle by agreeing on less than the claim, or on different terms than those stipulated.

To compound a debt.

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To settle amicably; to adjust by agreement; to compromise.
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(intransitive) To come to terms of agreement; to agree; to settle by a compromise; usually followed by with before the person participating, and for before the thing compounded or the consideration.
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To settle (a debt, for example) by agreeing on an amount less than the claim; adjust.
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Consisting of two or more substances, ingredients, elements, or parts.
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To compute (interest) on the sum of the principal and the accumulated interest which has accrued at regular intervals.

Interest compounded semiannually.

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To increase or intensify by adding new elements.

To compound a problem.

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To agree.
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To compromise with a creditor.
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To combine and form a compound.
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Made of two or more separate parts or elements.
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A thing formed by the mixture or combination of two or more parts or elements.
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A substance containing two or more elements chemically combined in fixed proportions.
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A word composed of two or more base morphemes, whether hyphenated or not.
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compound a felony (or crime)
  • To agree, for a bribe or repayment, not to inform about or prosecute for a felony (or crime): it is an illegal act.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

compound a felony (<i>or</i> crime)

Origin of compound

  • Alteration of Middle English compounen from Old French componre, compondre to put together from Latin compōnere component
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Alteration of Malay kampong village
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English compounen, from Middle French componre, compondre (“to put together”), from Latin componere, from Latin com- (“together”) + ponere (“to put”).
    From Wiktionary
  • Possibly from Malay kampong, kampung (“group of buildings, village”), via Dutch or Portuguese .
    From Wiktionary