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compose

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verb com·pose \kəm-ˈpōz\

Simple Definition of compose

  • : 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

com·posedcom·pos·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 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

  3. 2 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

  4. 3 :  to deal with or act on so as to reduce to a minimum <compose their differences>

  5. 4 :  to arrange in proper or orderly form

  6. 5 :  to free from agitation :  calm, settle <composed himself>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  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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