composed

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adjective com·posed \ kəm-ˈpōzd \

Definition of composed

:free from agitation :calm; especially :self-possessed
  • They tried to remain composed throughout the ordeal.

composedly

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composedness

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Examples of composed in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology 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

COMPOSED Defined for English Language Learners

composed

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Definition of composed for English Language Learners

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


COMPOSED Defined for Kids

composed

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adjective com·posed \ kəm-ˈpōzd \

Definition of composed for Students

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


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