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Topic: COMPUTERS

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: compiler, from Latin compilare 'to seize together, steal'

compile

verb
     
com‧pile [transitive]
1 to make a book, list, record etc, using different pieces of information, music etc [↪ compilation]:
The document was compiled by the Department of Health
compile something from/for something
The report was compiled from a survey of 5000 households.
2TDTD technical to put a set of instructions into a computer in a form that it can understand and use
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