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English Dictionary: compile by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
compile
v
  1. 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"
    Synonym(s): roll up, collect, accumulate, pile up, amass, compile, hoard
  2. put together out of existing material; "compile a list"
    Synonym(s): compose, compile
  3. use a computer program to translate source code written in a particular programming language into computer-readable machine code that can be executed
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.                        --Spenser.
  
      2. To contain or comprise. [Obs.]
  
                     Which these six books compile.            --Spenser.
  
      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.                                 --Macaulay.
  
      4. To write; to compose. [Obs.] --Sir W. Temple.
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