What does the word compile mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Compiler.

  • Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To compose, as a book, by borrowing or transcribing; put together extracts.

Usage examples for compile

  1. He made up his mind to compile such a record, himself, when he got back to New Belfast. – Murder in the Gunroom by Henry Beam Piper
  2. If one were to compile an anthology of the world's best twenty stories, this story would be among them. – The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story by Various
  3. If, after half a century, fiction still mainly works for " children, minors, and semi- fatuous persons of both sexes," it is nevertheless one of the hopefulest signs of the world's progress that it has begun to work for " grown persons," and if not exactly in the way that Carlyle might have solely intended in urging its writers to compile memoirs instead of building the " novel- fabric," still it has, in the highest and widest sense, already made Reality its Romance. – Literature and Life by William Dean Howells