(noun, adjective, verb)


1. composed of more than one part

- compound leaves are composed of several lobes

- compound flower heads

Similar word(s): bilobate, bilobated, bilobed, binate, bipartite, bipinnate, bipinnatifid, cleft, dissected, conjugate, decompound, paripinnate, incised, lobate, lobed, imparipinnate, palmate, palmatifid, parted, pedate, pinnate, pinnated, pinnatifid, pinnatisect, quinquefoliate, radiate, ternate, trifoliate, trifoliated, trifoliolate, trilobate, trilobated, trilobed, tripinnate, tripinnated, tripinnatifid, complex, smooth, rough

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

Similar word(s): complex

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

Similar word(s): complex, colonial

Sentences with compound as an adjective:

- a compound word


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

Definition categories: thought, whole

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

Definition categories: substance, chemical

3. an enclosure of residences and other building (especially in the Orient)

Definition categories: man–made, enclosure


1. make more intense, stronger, or more marked

Similar word(s): deepen, heighten, intensify

Definition categories: change, increase

2. put or add together

Similar word(s): combine

Definition categories: change, add

3. calculate principal and interest

Definition categories: possession, account, calculate

4. create by mixing or combining

Definition categories: creation, assemble, piece, tack

5. combine so as to form a whole; mix

- compound the ingredients

Similar word(s): combine

Definition categories: contact, amalgamate, commix, mingle, mix, unify

Sentences with compound as a verb:

- to compound a medicine

- to compound a debt