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compound1

com·pound1

compound1

 
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: kam paUnd
definition 1: made up of two or more parts or elements.
Salt is a compound substance made up of sodium and chlorine.
synonyms:
manifold
antonyms:
simple
similar words:
complex, composite, conglomerate, consolidated, mixed, multiple, multiplex
definition 2: combining two or more functions or actions.
Sending the convicts to the colonies served a compound purpose.
similar words:
combined, complex, composite, manifold, mixed, multiple
definition 3: of or pertaining to a word made up of two or more lexically distinct parts or a sentence made up of two or more main clauses.
"Campground" is a compound word made up of the elements "camp" and "ground.""I was tired, so I went to bed early" is a compound sentence.
similar words:
complex, multiple
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: kam paUnd
definition 1: something made up of two or more parts or elements.
The cleaning compound contains ammonia and other solvents.
synonyms:
composite, composition, compost, mixture
antonyms:
element
similar words:
admixture, aggregate, alloy, amalgam, blend, combination, concoction, conglomeration, intermixture, manifold, mosaic, patchwork, synthesis, union
definition 2: a substance formed by the union of two or more chemical elements in fixed proportions, with properties different from those of its constituents.
Water is a compound made up of hydrogen and oxygen.
similar words:
combination, synthesis
definition 3: a word composed of two or more lexically distinct words, such as "pickpocket".
 
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: km paUnd
inflections: compounded, compounding, compounds
definition 1: to combine or mix.
The chemicals must be compounded in the correct proportions.
synonyms:
combine, mingle, mix
similar words:
admix, amalgamate, blend, intermingle, intermix, synthesize
definition 2: to intensify by adding to.
Lying about what he had done only compounded his offense.After the crops failed, disease compounded the suffering of the settlers.
synonyms:
augment, exacerbate
antonyms:
alleviate, lighten
similar words:
aggravate, amplify, boost, enlarge, heighten, increase, intensify, magnify
definition 3: to produce by combining.
synonyms:
concoct, mix
antonyms:
decompose
similar words:
amalgamate, blend, compose, consolidate, mingle, synthesize, unite
definition 4: to calculate or pay (interest) on accrued interest as well as on principal.
The bank compounds interest quarterly.
similar words:
mix, multiply
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: km paUnd
definition 1: to form a compound.
Sodium and chlorine compound to form sodium chloride.
synonyms:
combine
similar words:
synthesize
definition 2: to settle or come to terms by compromise.
synonyms:
compromise
similar words:
settle
derivations: compoundable (adj.), compounder (n.)
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The word compound contains the following parts:
com- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix com- attaches to Latin bases beginning with m, p, or b. It has multiple forms, as the m' sound in com- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms col-, con-, cor-, and co-. Note: com- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "commemorate " and "command ."
synonyms:
syn-