Meaning of “compilation” in the English Dictionary

"compilation" in English

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uk /ˌkɒm.pɪˈleɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌkɑːm.pəˈleɪ.ʃən/

[ U ] the act of compiling something:

A team of four was involved in the compilation of the book.

[ C ] a book, CD, etc. that has been made from several separate parts:

a compilation of their greatest hits

(Definition of “compilation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"compilation" in American English

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compilationnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌkɑm·pəˈleɪ·ʃən/

the act of collecting information from a variety of places to arrange it in a book, report, or list:

[ U ] The compilation of all his speeches took several months.

A compilation is also a book, report, etc., that is a collection of separate things:

[ C ] a compilation of modern poetry

(Definition of “compilation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"compilation" in Business English

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uk /ˌkɒmpɪˈleɪʃən/ us

[ C ] a collection of information arranged in a list, report, book, etc.:

A compilation of ratings for 1,600 insurers is published in the March/April issue of the newsletter.

[ C or U ] ACCOUNTING the process of preparing a company's financial statements, based on information that is given by the management of the company:

During a compilation the data is arranged into the conventional financial statement form, but it is not audited or reviewed.

(Definition of “compilation” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)