compound

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Compound is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

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Singular
compound

Plural
compounds

  1. (countable) A compound is a material made of a number of other of materials.
    The new chemical compound has far less smell than the original substance.
    There is a group of gases that do not easily form chemical compounds.
  2. (countable) A compound is a mixture.
    The new CD is a compound of North American rock music and Middle Eastern religious songs.
  3. (countable) A compound is a group of buildings surrounded by a fence or wall.

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Plain form
compound

Third-person singular
compounds

Past tense
compounded

Past participle
compounded

Present participle
compounding

  1. (transitive) If something is compounded, it is added to.
    Her troubles were now compounded by the rain.
  2. (transitive) If interest is compounded, it is paid on earlier interest payments.
    Interest is compounded monthly.

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