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Meaning & Definition of Compound in English

English

Compound

/kɑmpaʊnd/

noun

1. A whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts

    synonym:
  • compound

2. (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight

    synonym:
  • compound
  • ,
  • chemical compound

3. An enclosure of residences and other building (especially in the orient)

    synonym:
  • compound

verb

1. Make more intense, stronger, or more marked

  • "The efforts were intensified", "her rudeness intensified his dislike for her"
  • "Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness"
  • "This event only deepened my convictions"
    synonym:
  • intensify
  • ,
  • compound
  • ,
  • heighten
  • ,
  • deepen

2. Put or add together

  • "Combine resources"
    synonym:
  • compound
  • ,
  • combine

3. Calculate principal and interest

    synonym:
  • compound

4. Create by mixing or combining

    synonym:
  • compound

5. Combine so as to form a whole

  • Mix
  • "Compound the ingredients"
    synonym:
  • compound
  • ,
  • combine

adjective

1. Composed of more than one part

  • "Compound leaves are composed of several lobes
  • "Compound flower heads"
    synonym:
  • compound

2. Consisting of two or more substances or ingredients or elements or parts

  • "Soap is a compound substance"
  • "Housetop is a compound word"
  • "A blackberry is a compound fruit"
    synonym:
  • compound

3. Composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony

  • "Coral is a colonial organism"
    synonym:
  • colonial
  • ,
  • compound

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In German, compound words are written as one word!