com·​posed | \ kəm-ˈpōzd How to pronounce composed (audio) \

Definition of composed

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

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Other Words from composed

composedly \ kəm-​ˈpō-​zəd-​lē How to pronounce composedly (audio) \ adverb
composedness \ kəm-​ˈpō-​zəd-​nəs How to pronounce composedness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of composed in a Sentence

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

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During the 4-0 defeat of Chelsea on Sunday, the central defender looked assured and composed, offering a presence that will no doubt calm his fellow defenders in an oft-shaky backline., "Gary Neville Hints Man Utd Refused to Sanction £50m Star Transfer During Jose Mourinho's Reign," 15 Aug. 2019 But an angry dad was fortunately tranquilized by his annoyed but composed 12-year-old. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your Say: Racism in America," 26 July 2019 Ellen White emerged as England's biggest goal threat, showcasing her ability as a calm and composed finisher at the highest level., "Women's World Cup 2019: Picking 90min's Team of the Tournament," 8 July 2019 In giving up just one run on three hits and a walk, Young looked composed and under control. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Alex Young wins MLB debut vs. Giants," 28 June 2019 Whether captured amid idyllic pastoral scenes or in more composed studio settings, his black subjects are united by a quiet sense of pride and joy. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "With His First Solo Exhibit, Photographer Tyler Mitchell Paints a Tender Portrait of Black Joy," 15 Apr. 2019 The Frenchman then however fired his clearance straight at the Stoke striker, who despite a heavy collision managed to remain composed to slot home a gift of a leveler., "Tottenham Fortifies Top-Four Place, Edges Relegation-Threatened Stoke," 7 Apr. 2018 The simple trick certainly seems to work for the Duchess, who always appears composed and poised during her copious public engagements. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Has a Simple Strategy for Battling Shyness," 11 Jan. 2019 Healthier and more composed than in the past, Wheeler helped his stock on Tuesday with another strong outing. James Wagner, New York Times, "Mets Lose Again as They Plod Toward the Trade Deadline," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of composed

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for composed

see compose

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English Language Learners Definition of composed

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


com·​posed | \ kəm-ˈpōzd How to pronounce composed (audio) \

Kids Definition of composed

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

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