• (British) IPA: /ˈkɒmpɒst/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɑmpoʊst/


  1. The decayed remains of organic matter that has rotted into a natural fertilizer.
    Dig plenty of compost into clay or sandy soil to improve its structure.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iv]:
      And do not spread the compost on the weeds / To make them ranker.
  2. (obsolete) A mixture; a compound.
    • A sad compost of more bitter than sweet.
Translations Verb

compost (composts, present participle composting; past and past participle composted)

  1. To produce compost, let organic matter decay into fertilizer.
    If you compost your grass clippings, you can improve your soil.

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