General English

  • verb to draw up a list


  • verb to put together a number of pieces of information



  • verb to score the stated number of runs. The term usually suggests patient and determined accumulation of a high score.
    Citation ‘Curtis compiled his century in 348 minutes off 314 balls, with 13 fours. It was a painstaking effort which put his team in a commanding position’ (Michael Nally, Observer 2 May 1993)
    Citation ‘This was most perfectly demonstrated in his series-turning innings of the Fourth Test, when he [Flintoff] compiled – rather than swatted or biffed or bludgeoned – a century of murderous purpose’ (Simon Barnes, Wisden 2006)


  • To take the source code of a program written in a high-level language, and translate it into machine language using a compiler (1).
  • To take a set of high-level language statements, and translate them into a lower-level representation using a compiler (2).

Information & Library Science

  • verb to put together different pieces of information in order to make them into one document