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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Jennifer seems dissociated; Nikolai, who seems all too composed, invites the two girls to the band’s van and forces Jennifer to take a drink. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 1 Sep. 2021 But the Revolution remained composed, building through Matt Polster in midfield and out of the back through Farrell and A.J. DeLaGarza., 10 Aug. 2021 The video then makes an abrupt cut to show Pearce, standing with her arm draped over Parton's shoulder but only nominally more composed for the final moments. Nancy Kruh,, 28 June 2021 Tyronn Lue was his typical, composed self Sunday night after his team’s second consecutive road victory tied its first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks 2-2 — until the final seconds of his postgame videoconference. Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021 But what really sets the GTS apart is its handling, which feels sharper and more composed than before. Greg Kable, Car and Driver, 16 June 2021 But Lue won’t be playing Sunday, requiring his players to stay composed with their season on the line for the second time in three days. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2021 Hints of sherbet, marshmallow, lemon posset (a kind of lemon custard), mango, creamed peaches and ripe orange lead on to a composed and approachable palate that has good complexity. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 6 June 2021 When VeeKay and his father embraced in Victory Lane, the composed interview-ready version of VeeKay was quickly brought to tears. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 16 May 2021

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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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The first known use of composed was in 1607

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“Composed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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