She composed a letter to her sister.
He is in his studio composing.
Recent Examples on the WebOver the New Year's weekend alone, more than 700 migrants, mostly Cubans, arrived in the Keys, including 337 who landed on the remote islands that compose Dry Tortugas National Park.—Arkansas Online, 6 Jan. 2023 Working with top songwriters who compose tunes specifically for her.—Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2022 Two scientists from Texas A&M are leading a study in partnership with community members who compose the steering committee and environmental advocacy group Downwinders at Risk.—Dallas News, 21 Mar. 2022 Players who hurried through penalties missed more than players who took enough time to compose themselves, according to his research.—Ben Cohen, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2022 Luckily, because her three children were distracted, Cassie Morrison, 36, had a moment to compose herself.—Dallas News, 27 May 2022 To pick these patterns out, the researchers recruited 100 fluent speakers of Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Korean and Russian, and asked them to compose a list of their language's filthiest, foulest phrases.—Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 31 Dec. 2022 The director soon asked Mr. Badalamenti to compose the score.—Tim Greiving, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2022 Fast forward to a few months ago, when Dorrance, knowing a show in Atlanta was on the calendar, asked Marcellus to compose something.—Brian Seibert, New York Times, 6 Dec. 2022 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French composer, from Latin componere (perfect indicative composui) — more at compound