1. the act of compiling: the compilation of documents.
  2. something compiled, as a reference book.


  1. something collected or compiled, such as a list, report, etc
  2. the act or process of collecting or compiling

early 15c., “that which is compiled,” also “action of compiling,” from Middle French compilation, from Latin compilationem (nominative compilatio) “a compilation,” literally “a pillaging,” noun of action from compilare (see compile).

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