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From Middle English compilen, from Old French compiler, from Latin compīlō (heap, plunder, verb).



compile (third-person singular simple present compiles, present participle compiling, simple past and past participle compiled)

  1. (transitive) To put together; to assemble; to make by gathering things from various sources.
    Samuel Johnson compiled one of the most influential dictionaries of the English language.
  2. (obsolete) To construct, build.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.3:
      Before that Merlin dyde, he did intend / A brasen wall in compas to compyle / About Cairmardin [...].
  3. (transitive, programming) To use a compiler to process source code and produce executable code.
    After I compile this program I'll run it and see if it works.
  4. (intransitive, programming) To be successfully processed by a compiler into executable code.
    There must be an error in my source code because it won't compile.
  5. (obsolete, transitive) To contain or comprise.
  6. (obsolete) To write; to compose.
    • 1690, William Temple, “Of Heroick Virtue”, in Miscellanea. The Second Part. [...], 2nd edition, London: [] J. R. for Ri[chard] and Ra[lph] Simpson, [], OCLC 863624292, section II, page 188:
      They are at their leisure much given to poetry; in which they compile the praises of virtuous men and actions , satires against vice


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compile (plural compiles)

  1. (programming) An act of compiling code.
    • 1985, Robert A Stern, An Introduction to Computers and Information Processing:
      [] programming team managers assumed the "improved programs" produced through structured programming would not require as many compiles during development.
    • 2007, Scott Meyers, Mike Lee, MAC OS X Leopard: Beyond the Manual
      Any file with an error or warning on it will be added to this smart group until the next compile.





  1. inflection of compiler:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative




  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of compilar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of compilar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of compilar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of compilar




  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of compilar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of compilar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of compilar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of compilar.