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com·pound1

compound1

 
 
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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".
Word Combinations  About this feature
adjective + (n.)compound active, antibacterial, antioxidant, aromatic, beneficial, biological, bitter, carcinogenic, chemical, chlorinated, complex, diplomatic, experimental, fortified, inorganic, joint, man-made, medicinal, natural, organic, pharmaceutical, phenolic, potent, promising, related, residential, rubber, secondary, sprawling, synthetic, toxic, useful, volatile, walled  [See all][See only the most frequent]
verb + (n.)compound absorb, contain, enter, guard, isolate, manufacture, produce, raid, screen, spray, storm, surround, synthesize, test
(n.)compound + verb bind, block, derive, detect, emit, extract, form, house, inhibit, mimic
noun + (n.)compound Help acid, ammonium, assault, branch, carbon, chemical, chlorine, concentration, copper, cult, doom, embassy, emission, entrance, exposure, fence, garlic, hydrocarbon, insect, mercury, metal, mineral, nitrogen, odor, oxide, palace, perimeter, polygamist, protein, raid, sulfur, temple [See all][See only the most frequent]
 
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: km paUnd
inflections: compounds, compounding, compounded
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
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (v.)compound far
(v.)compound + adverb annually
(v.)compound + nounHelp challenge, confusion, crisis, damage, debt, difficulty, effect, error, fact, failure, fear, growth, injury, lack, loss, matter, meter, mistake, problem, situation, tragedy, trouble [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivations: compoundable (adj.), compounder (n.)
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Word Parts  About this feature
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-