AskDefine | Define compile

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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" [syn: roll up, collect, accumulate, pile up, amass, hoard]
2 put together out of existing material; "compile a list" [syn: compose]
3 use a computer program to translate source code written in a particular programming language into computer-readable machine code that can be executed

User Contributed Dictionary



from compiler (early 14c.), from compilare



  1. 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. 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.


assemble from a collection
produce executable



  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, compiler#French|compiler
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, compiler#French|compiler
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, compiler#French|compiler

Extensive Definition

Compile may refer to:
  • Compile (software company), a Japanese video game company founded in 1983 (now defunct) that specialized in shoot 'em up and computer puzzle game genres
  • Compiler, a computer program (or set of programs) that translates source code written in a computer language into another computer language (the target language)
  • Compile, the name of the package manager of GoboLinux, an alternative Linux distribution
compile in Japanese: コンパイル

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accumulate, agglomerate, aggregate, aggroup, amass, assemble, batch, bring together, bulk, bunch, bunch together, bunch up, clump, cluster, collate, collect, colligate, collocate, combine, compare, compose, conglomerate, corral, cumulate, dig up, draw together, dredge up, drive together, gather, gather in, gather together, get in, get together, group, join, juxtapose, lump together, make up, mass, match, mobilize, muster, order, organize, pair, partner, put together, raise, rake up, rally, round up, scrape together, systematize, take up, whip in
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