verb com·pose \kəm-ˈpōz\

: to come together to form or make (something)

: to create and write (a piece of music or writing)

: to practice the art of writing music


Full Definition of COMPOSE

transitive verb
a :  to form by putting together :  fashion <a committee composed of three representatives — Current Biography>
b :  to form the substance of :  constitute <composed of many ingredients>
c :  to produce (as columns or pages of type) by composition
a :  to create by mental or artistic labor :  produce <compose a sonnet>
b (1) :  to formulate and write (a piece of music)
(2) :  to compose music for
:  to deal with or act on so as to reduce to a minimum <compose their differences>
:  to arrange in proper or orderly form
:  to free from agitation :  calm, settle <composed himself>
intransitive verb
:  to practice composition

Examples of COMPOSE

  1. She composed a letter to her sister.
  2. He is in his studio composing.

Origin of COMPOSE

Middle English, from Anglo-French composer, from Latin componere (perfect indicative composui) — more at compound
First Known Use: 15th century


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