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

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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 On Thursday, a composed and somber Mr. Rodriguez made his first appearance at Bronx criminal court. Andrea Salcedo, New York Times, "‘Oh, Forgive Us!’: Heartbreak at Wake for Twins Who Died in Hot Car," 2 Aug. 2019 That ability to remain composed was tested in the season-opening sweep of Millikin on Aug. 30. Edward Lee,, "Historic run nets first NCAA championship for Johns Hopkins volleyball: ‘It honestly feels surreal’," 3 Dec. 2019 Most of the models managed to remain composed during the bizarre incident, but model Gigi Hadid decided to take matters into her own hand and confronted her. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Knows How to Handle a Runway Crasher at the Chanel Show," 1 Oct. 2019 Caporicci worked as a pastry chef for years before opening Posie, and many of his ice cream flavors feel like composed desserts in scoop form. Ali Bouzari,, "The molecular science behind a Larkspur shop’s blueberry ice cream," 27 Sep. 2019 One particular wall holds three side-by-side, very similarly composed views of a haystack. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "This Monet exhibition, opening Monday, is a big get for Denver Art Museum. Here’s a sneak peek.," 18 Oct. 2019 Osaka’s edge was her ability to remain composed at the most crucial of moments. Los Angeles Times, "After Naomi Osaka’s win over Coco Gauff at U.S. Open, a lesson in class," 31 Aug. 2019 England looked composed and assured for nearly the entirety of this match, rarely being troubled by their opponents., "England 3-0 Cameroon: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Lionesses Roar Into Quarter Finals," 23 June 2019 Quarterback Adrian Lopez, much more composed and versatile than a year ago, had a three-yard touchdown run for a 22-0 halftime lead. Los Angeles Times, "San Fernando rolls to a 37-7 win against Franklin in City Section matchup," 6 Sep. 2019

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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 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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