Definition of compilation in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɒmpɪˈleɪʃ(ə)n/


1 [mass noun] The action or process of producing something, especially a list or book, by assembling information collected from other sources: great care has been taken in the compilation of this guidebook
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  • They are the product of a long process of composition and compilation.
  • The compilation of such a list culled from thousands of votes is also valuable in a historical sense.
  • Collation of data, compilation of the figure, and final drafting were done by DM.
2A thing, especially a book, record, or broadcast programme, that is put together by assembling previously separate items: there are thirty-three stories in this compilation [as modifier]: a compilation album
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  • Book and magazine compilations of the best album covers highlight numerous works from this era.
  • Weston is undeterred by the less-than-successful track record of eclectic compilations.
  • These books are compilations of Groening's old news-paper cartoon strips from 20 years ago.
collection, selection, anthology, treasury, compendium, album, corpus, miscellany, pot-pourri;
archaic garland
rare ana, collectanea, analects, florilegium


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin compilatio(n-), from compilare 'to plunder' (see compile).

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