Definition of “compost” - English Dictionary

“compost” in English

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compostnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkɒm.pɒst/ us /ˈkɑːm.poʊst/

Examples from literature

  • Compost is like dung – full of nutrients for the soil. 
  • Crops were fertilized using animal manure and compost. 
  • People also use animal waste, dead plants, and old food to make compost. 
  • People use compost in their gardens to make the soil better. 
  • A good place for the leaves is the compost heap. 
  • All compost, dung, soil, and ashes arising on the farm were to be bestowed upon it. 
  • It grows best in a compost of loam, peat, and sand, with a south or west aspect. 
  • Press this compost firmly into the pots to within half an inch of the top. 
  • Such a pile of rotting vegetable matter is called a compost pile. 

Examples from literature

  • Compost is like dung – full of nutrients for the soil. 
  • Crops were fertilized using animal manure and compost. 
  • People also use animal waste, dead plants, and old food to make compost. 
  • People use compost in their gardens to make the soil better. 
  • A good place for the leaves is the compost heap. 
  • All compost, dung, soil, and ashes arising on the farm were to be bestowed upon it. 
  • It grows best in a compost of loam, peat, and sand, with a south or west aspect. 
  • Press this compost firmly into the pots to within half an inch of the top. 
  • Such a pile of rotting vegetable matter is called a compost pile. 

compostverb [ T ]

uk /ˈkɒm.pɒst/ us /ˈkɑːm.poʊst/

to collect and store plant material so it can decay and be added to soil to improve its quality:

Restaurants should compost food waste whenever possible.
composting
noun [ U ] /ˈkɒm.pɒs.tɪŋ/ /ˈkɑːm.poʊ.stɪŋ/

Composting means waste diversion from landfills.

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

“compost” in American English

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compostnoun [ U ]

us /ˈkɑm·poʊst/

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