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Definition of "compound" []

  • To combine so as to form a whole; mix. (verb-transitive)
  • To produce or create by combining two or more ingredients or parts: pharmacists compounding prescriptions. (verb-transitive)
  • To settle (a debt, for example) by agreeing on an amount less than the claim; adjust. (verb-transitive)
  • To compute (interest) on the principal and accrued interest. (verb-transitive)
  • To add to; increase: High winds compounded the difficulties of the firefighters. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "compound" in a sentence
  • "_Write compound predicates_ after the following _compound subjects_."
  • "If you argue that a compound is a primitive weapon, I dont think so, I cant say I ever saw a picture of a Native American packing a matthews or hoyt."
  • "As the compound is already patented, her team will probably have to design something slightly different to be able to patent it as a new drug."