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compilation noun
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com·​pi·​la·​tion | \ ˌkäm-pə-ˈlā-shən
also -ˌpī- \
Definition of compilation
1
: the act or process of compiling
the annual compilation of data
2
: something compiled
a compilation of hit songs
a compilation of vehicular accident reports
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Synonyms for compilation
Synonyms
album, anthology, collectanea, compendium, florilegium, miscellany, reader
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Examples of compilation in a Sentence
The CD is acompilationof greatest hits.
the slowcompilationof data
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Slime Language 2, the new compilation from Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life label, debuted at Number One on the Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums chart.
— Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 26 Apr. 2021
Dusk Camp’s Heidi Lawden, Masha Mar and Jeniluv capture that same energy on Dusk Volume 1, a 14-track compilation set for release on June 4th -- also the launch date of Dusk Recordings.
— Billboard Staff, Billboard, 14 May 2021
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First Known Use of compilation
15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
History and Etymology for compilation
see COMPILE
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The first known use of compilation was in the 15th century
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Dictionary Entries near compilation
competitor
competitory
Compiègne
compilation
compilator
compilatory
compile
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“Compilation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compilation. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.
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compilation noun
English Language Learners Definition of compilation
: a group of things (such as songs or pieces of writing) that have been gathered into a collection
: the act or process of gathering things together
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compilation noun
com·​pi·​la·​tion | \ ˌkäm-pə-ˈlā-shən
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Legal Definition of compilation
: a collection of preexisting materials and data so arranged to form a new original work under the law of copyright
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