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 To neutralize this misinformed perception, stay composed and maintain a steady, level voice. NBC News, "How to fight for what you believe in – and win," 4 Mar. 2020 For weeks, the Tigers prospects have acted calm and composed. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "The day Ron Gardenhire became a video game character: 'Yowzer'," 23 Feb. 2020 Everton were level at 1-1 when Bernard was forced off, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin's composed finish giving the visitors the lead inside the final 20 minutes., "Everton Provide Bernard Update Following Ligament Injury in Brighton Defeat," 28 Oct. 2019 Marie NDiaye is so intelligent, so composed, so good, that any description of her work feels like an understatement. Madeleine Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, "The Devourer," 11 Feb. 2020 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

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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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25 Mar 2020

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“Composed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 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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