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adjective com·posed \-ˈpōzd\

: calm and in control of your emotions : not feeling or showing anger, fear, etc.

Full Definition of COMPOSED

:  free from agitation :  calm; especially :  self-possessed
com·pos·ed·ly \-ˈpō-zəd-lē\ adverb
com·pos·ed·ness \-ˈpō-zəd-nəs\ noun

Examples of COMPOSED

  1. He had told us he felt nervous about the performance, but he seemed perfectly composed when he walked onto the stage.
  2. They tried to remain composed throughout the ordeal.

First Known Use of COMPOSED


Synonym Discussion of COMPOSED

cool, composed, collected, unruffled, imperturbable, nonchalant mean free from agitation or excitement. cool may imply calmness, deliberateness, or dispassionateness <kept a cool head>. composed implies freedom from agitation as a result of self-discipline or a sedate disposition <the composed pianist gave a flawless concert>. collected implies a concentration of mind that eliminates distractions especially in moments of crisis <the nurse stayed calm and collected>. unruffled suggests apparent serenity and poise in the face of setbacks or in the midst of excitement <harried but unruffled>. imperturbable implies coolness or assurance even under severe provocation <the speaker remained imperturbable despite the heckling>. nonchalant stresses an easy coolness of manner or casualness that suggests indifference or unconcern <a nonchalant driver>.
COMPOSEDLY Defined for Kids


adjective com·posed \kəm-ˈpōzd\

Definition of COMPOSED for Kids

:  being calm and in control emotionally <She sat composed during the whole interview.>


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