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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
compile a listformal (= write a list)
▪ They’ve compiled a list of children’s clubs and organizations.
compile/collect/gather statistics
▪ Police have not yet compiled statistics for this year.
draw up/compile a shortlist
▪ The panel will draw up a shortlist of candidates.
▪ All of these have assisted me in compiling this book.
▪ They learn how to compile and use book collections in school, in College and in children's libraries.
▪ A man called Bukhari went around after Muhammad died and spent sixteen years compiling his collection.
▪ For ten years he lived in the city, listening to jazz on the radio and compiling an impressive record collection.
▪ They learn how to compile and use book collections in school, in College and in children's libraries.
▪ In his first book, Talking With Horses, he even went to the extent of compiling a dictionary of horse vocabulary!
▪ It is our business to collect, compile and publish figures.
▪ The problem with this type of measure is that compiling the figures is a time-consuming and essentially clerical task.
▪ Their aim is to compile information which will send a frosty message to government environmental ministers.
▪ Later chroniclers attempted to compile this information into histories of the Empire, and some ventured to make lists of reigning Emperors.
▪ If he compiled this piece of information himself we have the right to know how he did it.
▪ Full client participation is essential to ensure accuracy when compiling the information model.
▪ It has taken Warren Ogden nearly 30 years to compile the information on these machines which began in the mid 1950s.
▪ A councillor has no right to require an officer of the council to compile information for him.
▪ Lord knows, it took long enough to compile all the information stored in there.
▪ Elizabeth compiled the following list, with support, of what she likes about living in her own home.
▪ The company said Sokol and Frazier are compiling a list of potential new directors.
▪ If you enjoy games, why not compile a list of objective test questions to use in Trivial Pursuits?
▪ Writer Randall Lane of Forbes magazine compiles an annual list of what athletes earn.
▪ The software then compiles a list of who has the file.
▪ A partial accounting compiled by his secretary lists 135.
▪ When you've compiled a list, hop across to a couple and check them out.
▪ It would allow staff members to plan future events and meetings as well as to compile a list for holiday cards.
▪ Leeds are compiling an atrocious record in recent cup competitions.
▪ Stallings, 37, has compiled an 82-42 record in four season at Illinois State.
▪ Fuller compiled a 20-36 record at San Diego during his two years there.
▪ He was the head coach at Eastern Michigan from 1985-96, compiling an 185-132 record.
▪ Will local authorities be required to compile a register of people entitled to rebates before the council tax is implemented?
▪ Section 143 requires local authorities to compile registers of land that might be contaminated and open them for public inspection.
▪ Anita Hardin of the Sentinel staff compiled this report.
▪ For example, the blizzard hit during the same week the government surveys workers and employers to compile the January employment report.
▪ The Anti-Defamation League has compiled hate crime statistics from law enforcement throughout the county and recorded 413 incidents from 1992-94.
▪ Government officials now compile and release statistics quarterly, not monthly.
▪ SkyCorder, which looks like a pager, uses a pressure sensor to gather information and a microprocessor to compile the statistics.
▪ He compiled statistics and asked Marina a hundred questions about food prices, customs, etc.
▪ There are of course difficulties in compiling any such table.
▪ A capable mathematician and astronomer, he compiled detailed planetary tables for astrological use.
▪ She began compiling the listings seven years ago as a public service.
▪ Arthur D.. Little has been retained to help compile the specifications, it was learned yesterday.
▪ Spring focus: Burks was the key to an offense that helped the Giants compile baseball's best regular-season record.
▪ The U.S. government's role was to use intercepted communications to compile intelligence on Escobar's support structure.
▪ Requisitions are used to compile an issue analysis sheet. 7.
▪ A.C. Nielsen Co. compiles the television ratings.
▪ The book was compiled by a panel of experts, working in conjunction with the publisher.
▪ They are compiling a dictionary of new words.
▪ Government officials now compile and release statistics quarterly, not monthly.
▪ Having created a new routine it should be compiled in the normal way and then linked as described on in section 23.1.
▪ If he compiled this piece of information himself we have the right to know how he did it.
▪ Michael Atherton compiled a watchful 60 in the first innings.
▪ Most insurers and health-maintenance organizations compile formularies with committees of doctors and druggists.
▪ Their aim is to compile information which will send a frosty message to government environmental ministers.
▪ Together we compiled an article for publication.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Compile \Com*pile"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compiled; p. pr. & vb. n. Compiling.] [F. compiler, fr.L. compilare to plunder, pillage; com- + pilare to plunder. See Pill, v. t., Pillage.]

  1. To put together; to construct; to build. [Obs.]

    Before that Merlin died, he did intend A brazen wall in compass to compile.

  2. To contain or comprise. [Obs.]

    Which these six books compile.

  3. 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.

    He [Goldsmith] compiled for the use of schools a History of Rome.

  4. To write; to compose. [Obs.]
    --Sir W. Temple.

  5. (Computers) to process (computer program source code) with a compiler[2] to produce an assembly-language program or an executable program in machine language.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. (context computing English) An act of compiling code. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To put together; to assemble; to make by gathering things from various sources. 2 (context obsolete English) To construct, build. 3 (context transitive computing English) To use a compiler to process source code and produce executable code. 4 (context intransitive computing English) To be successfully processed by a compiler into executable code. 5 (context obsolete transitive English) To contain or comprise. 6 (context obsolete English) To write; to compose.

  1. v. 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" [syn: roll up, collect, accumulate, pile up, amass, hoard]

  2. put together out of existing material; "compile a list" [syn: compose]

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

Compile (publisher)

was a Japanese video game developer, most notable for having developed the Puyo Puyo series, based on their Madou Monogatari franchise, until its bankruptcy in 2002. Since then, key staff, including former director Masamitsu "Moo" Niitani, have moved to Compile Heart, the company's spiritual successor, whereas shoot-'em-up staff moved to MileStone Inc.

Usage examples of "compile".

He longed particularly, he said, for a work in Latin available only in Europe, titled Acta Sanctorum, in forty-seven volumes, on the lives of the saints compiled in the sixteenth century.

New Atlantan camp and compiled a little system for examining and manipulating nanotechnological devices.

He had apparently vandalized several other homes within Bonita Vista, vacation homes whose owners had not yet been by to discover the damage, and the sheriff was in the process of compiling a list of acts and addresses.

These records, which were principally compiled from documents which had been published before, contained the first continuous account of the Burman mission ever given to the public.

On a sheet of paper, The Shadow compiled the following list, arranged in four columns with accompanying notations: LIST OF LIST OF PERSONS OTHERS CRIMES RHYMES INVOLVED PRESENT Bond None Quade None Robbery Found An Unknown Jewel None Quade Diane Shop Found An Unknown Hapwood King Two None Robbery Cole Masked Men Brandom Contrary Cardiff Diane, Robbery Mary Masked Man Thorne Cardiff Black Cardiff Diane, Stocks Sheep Masked Man Thorne After giving this list a careful scrutiny, The Shadow checked its discrepancies, or limitations.

To start compiling background on the family leadership, he assigned agents to surveil Castellano, Dellacroce and Gallo, simply to learn what their daily routine was, where they met, whom they saw.

Portuguese, not Spanish origin--is that it shows signs of having been compiled, in parts, of Moorish or Arabian charts or descriptions.

In addition to exegetical studies on Buddhism and Confucianism, they compiled dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference-type materials that provided the groundwork for nearly all subsequent scholarly activity in premodern Japan.

The work called Encheiridion was compiled by a pupil from his discourses.

Isidore, compiled by two of their most learned disciples, exhibits a deplorable picture of the second childhood of human reason.

This work compiles a great number of formulas, and rather favors the views of the chemist Dr.

The chapter compiles files on police forces and outlaw motorcycle gangs they consider enemies.

Caroline two hours to compile a list of all the Greens with large land holdings within two hundred miles of the city.

I spent the day in compiling a Haussa vocabulary, and hope to make considerable progress by the time we arrive in Damerghou.

The Army had begun to use machines for cryptology in 1936, when Hollerith tabulating machines facilitated the compiling of codes.