What does compile mean?

Definitions for compilekəmˈpaɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word compile.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. roll up, collect, accumulate, pile up, amass, compile, hoard(verb)

    get or gather together

    "I am accumulating evidence for the man's unfaithfulness to his wife"; "She is amassing a lot of data for her thesis"; "She rolled up a small fortune"

  2. compose, compile(verb)

    put together out of existing material

    "compile a list"

  3. compile(verb)

    use a computer program to translate source code written in a particular programming language into computer-readable machine code that can be executed


  1. Compile(v. t.)

    (Computers) to process (computer program source code) with a compiler to produce an assembly-language program or an executable program in machine language.

  2. Origin: [F. compiler, fr.L. compilare to plunder, pillage; com- + pilare to plunder. See Pill, v. t., Pillage.]


  1. compile(Noun)

    An act of compiling code.

  2. compile(Verb)

    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.

  3. compile(Verb)

    To construct, build.

  4. compile(Verb)

    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.

  5. compile(Verb)

    To be successfully processed by a compiler into executable code.

  6. Origin: from compiler (early 14c.), from compilo

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compile(verb)

    to put together; to construct; to build

  2. Compile(verb)

    to contain or comprise

  3. Compile(verb)

    to put together in a new form out of materials already existing; esp., to put together or compose out of materials from other books or documents

  4. Compile(verb)

    to write; to compose

  5. Origin: [F. compiler, fr.L. compilare to plunder, pillage; com- + pilare to plunder. See Pill, v. t., Pillage.]


  1. Compile

    Compile Co., Ltd. 株式会社コンパイル was a Japanese video game development limited company founded by Masamitsu Niitani. Established on 7 April 1982, the company's original name was Programmers-3, Inc. Compile's catalog includes the shoot 'em ups Zanac and Aleste; the role-playing video game Madou Monogatari; and Madou Monogatari's puzzle video game spin-off, Puyo Puyo. After bankruptcy resulted in the company's dissolution in 2003, most of the company's remaining assets transferred to Aiky, a new company Niitani established in the previous year. Exclusive rights to the Puyo Puyo franchise transferred to Sonic Team, with whom Compile had collaborated to bring Puyo Puyo to the Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, PlayStation in the late 1990s. Compile completed their final game, Pochi to Nyaa, shortly before the company dissolved, and Aiky published it later that year. D4 Enterprise later acquired Aiky's intellectual property. For a few months before his retirement in December 2006, Niitani worked at Compile Heart, a video game development and publishing company.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Compile

    kom-pīl′, v.t. to write or compose by collecting the materials from other books: to draw up or collect: to compose.—ns. Compilā′tion, the act of compiling: the thing compiled, a literary work made by gathering the material from various authors; Compile′ment, a compilation; Compil′er, Com′pilātor, one who compiles. [Fr. compiler, prob. from L. compilārecom, together, pilāre, to plunder.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'compile' in Verbs Frequency: #919


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of compile in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of compile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Joe Orton:

    You cannot compile a wit out of two half-wits.

  2. Barry Golden:

    We are starting to compile a list of those fugitives that we believe may have flown back to their native country.

  3. Paul Begala:

    The short duration of campaigns in countries like Israel and the UK limits how much data you can compile, as well as the number of times you can contact voters.

  4. Junichi Makino:

    Factory output lacks strength in July-September due to sluggish exports of cars and electric machinery, if consumer spending fails to pick up, the government may compile a supplementary budget.

  5. Al Baker:

    It took two years to compile all the data that they fictitiously created to confront competition - we also need that much time to respond to those fictitious allegations against the Gulf carriers.

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