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Webster's Dictionary [1]

(1): (v. t.) To settle amicably; to adjust by agreement; to compromise; to discharge from obligation upon terms different from those which were stipulated; as, to compound a debt.

(2): (v. i.) To effect a composition; to come to terms of agreement; to agree; to settle by a compromise; - usually followed by with before the person participating, and for before the thing compounded or the consideration.

(3): (n.) A union of two or more ingredients in definite proportions by weight, so combined as to form a distinct substance; as, water is a compound of oxygen and hydrogen.

(4): (n.) That which is compounded or formed by the union or mixture of elements ingredients, or parts; a combination of simples; a compound word; the result of composition.

(5): (v. t.) Composed of two or more elements, ingredients, parts; produced by the union of several ingredients, parts, or things; composite; as, a compound word.

(6): (n.) In the East Indies, an inclosure containing a house, outbuildings, etc.

(7): (v. t.) To compose; to constitute.

(8): (v. t.) To modify or change by combination with some other thing or part; to mingle with something else.

(9): (v. t.) To put together, as elements, ingredients, or parts, in order to form a whole; to combine, mix, or unite.

(10): (v. t.) To form or make by combining different elements, ingredients, or parts; as, to compound a medicine.

King James Dictionary [2]


1. To mix or unite two or more ingredients in one mass or body as, to compound drugs.

Whoever compoundeth any like it--shall be cut off from his people.  Exodus 30 .

2. To unite or combine.

We have the power of altering and compounding images into all the varieties of picture.

3. To compose to constitute. 4. In grammar, to unite two or more words to form one word of two or more. 5. To settle amicably to adjust by agreement as a difference or controversy. 6. To pay by agreement to discharge, as a debt, by paying a part, or giving an equivalent different from that stipulated or required as, to compound debts.

But we now use, more generally, to compound with.

To compound felony, is for a person robbed to take the goods again, or other compensation, upon an agreement not to prosecute the thief or robber. This offense is, by the laws of England, punishable by fine and imprisonment.