adj. [[t]ˈkɒm paʊnd, kɒmˈpaʊnd[/t]] n. [[t]ˈkɒm paʊnd[/t]] v. [[t]kəmˈpaʊnd, ˈkɒm paʊnd[/t]] adj.
1) composed of two or more parts, elements, or ingredients:
Soap is a compound substance[/ex]
2) having or involving two or more actions or functions:
The mouth is a compound organ[/ex]
3) gram. (of a word)
a) gram. consisting of two or more parts that are also words, as housetop, many-sided, playact, or
b) consisting of two or more parts that are also bases, as biochemistry or
4) gram. (of a verb tense) consisting of an auxiliary verb and a main verb, as are swimming, have spoken, or will write
(opposed to simple 18), b)).
5) bot composed of several similar parts that combine to form a whole:
a compound fruit[/ex]
6) zool. composed of a number of distinct but connected individuals, as coral
7) something formed by compounding or combining parts, elements, etc
8) chem. a pure substance composed of two or more elements whose chemical composition is constant
9) gram. a compound word, esp. one composed of two or more words that are otherwise unaltered, as moonflower or
10) to put together into a whole; combine:
to compound drugs to form a new medicine[/ex]
11) to make or form by combining parts, elements, etc.; construct:
a medicine compounded from various drugs[/ex]
12) to increase or add to, esp. so as to worsen: a problem that was compounded by their isolation
13) to settle or adjust by agreement, esp. for a reduced amount, as a debt
14) law to agree, for a consideration, not to prosecute or punish a wrongdoer for:
to compound a crime or felony[/ex]
15) bus to pay (interest) on the accrued interest as well as the principal
16) to make a bargain; come to terms; compromise
17) to form a compound
Etymology: 1350–1400; ME compounen < MF compon-, s. of compondre < L compōnere; see component com•pound′a•ble, adj. com•pound′ed•ness, n. com•pound′er, n. II
[[t]ˈkɒm paʊnd[/t]] n.
a separate area, usu. fenced or walled, containing residences, business offices, barracks, or other structures
Etymology: 1670–80; alter., by assoc. with compound I, of Malay kampung village, collection, gathering; cf. kampong

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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