Meaning of COMPOUND in English

COMPOUND

The noun is pronounced /kɒmpaʊnd/. The verb is pronounced /kəmpaʊnd/.

( compounded)

1.

A compound is an enclosed area of land that is used for a particular purpose.

Police fired on them as they fled into the embassy compound.

...a military compound.

= enclosure

N-COUNT

2.

In chemistry, a compound is a substance that consists of two or more elements.

Organic compounds contain carbon in their molecules.

N-COUNT

3.

If something is a compound of different things, it consists of those things. ( FORMAL )

Honey is basically a compound of water, two types of sugar, vitamins and enzymes.

= mixture

N-COUNT : usu sing , usu N of n

4.

Compound is used to indicate that something consists of two or more parts or things.

...a tall shrub with shiny compound leaves.

...the compound microscope.

= composite

≠ simple

ADJ : ADJ n

5.

In grammar, a compound noun, adjective, or verb is one that is made up of two or more words, for example ‘fire engine’, ‘bottle-green’, and ‘force-feed’.

ADJ : ADJ n

6.

In grammar, a compound sentence is one that is made up of two or more main clauses. Compare complex .

ADJ : ADJ n

7.

To compound a problem, difficulty, or mistake means to make it worse by adding to it. ( FORMAL )

Additional bloodshed and loss of life will only compound the tragedy...

The problem is compounded by the medical system here.

= add to

VERB : V n , V n

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