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Feb
25
2016

compile

k@m paIl

transitive verb
definition 1:  to form (a written work or list) by bringing together pieces of information, articles, documents, or the like.
example:  They’re compiling a recipe book, so they’ve asked each of us to submit one of our favorite recipes.
example:  The agency thinks he’s a spy and has compiled a dossier on him.
example:  The publisher is compiling a glossary to accompany the textbook.

definition 2:  to gather together; collect.
example:  Our research team has been compiling data on population shifts for several years now.

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Words often used in combination with the transitive verb compile (definition 1)

compile + NOUN:    ~ list, ~ collection, ~ database, ~ bibliography,  ~ dictionary, ~ encyclopedia, ~ directory, ~ dossier, ~ summary, ~ guide, ~ catalogue,  ~ portfolio,  ~ scrapbook, ~ sampling

Words often used in combination with the transitive verb compile (definition 2)

compile + NOUN:  ~ data, ~ evidence, ~ information, ~ documents, ~ files, ~ lists, ~ maps, ~ recipes, ~ scripts