verb (used with object), com·piled, com·pil·ing.

  1. to put together (documents, selections, or other materials) in one book or work.
  2. to make (a book, writing, or the like) of materials from various sources: to compile an anthology of plays; to compile a graph showing changes in profit.
  3. to gather together: to compile data.
  4. Computers. to translate (a computer program) from a high-level language into another language, usually machine language, using a compiler.

verb (tr)

  1. to make or compose from other materials or sourcesto compile a list of names
  2. to collect or gather for a book, hobby, etc
  3. computing to create (a set of machine instructions) from a high-level programming language, using a compiler

early 14c., from Old French compiler “compile, collect” (13c.), from Latin compilare “to plunder, rob,” probably originally “bundle together, heap up;” hence “to pack up and carry off,” from com- “together” (see com-) + pilare “to compress, ram down.” Related: Compiled; compiling.

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