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.
Recent Examples on the Web The security set up around the A-bomb development and test had a very composed and easy appearance, from the front gate to the dozens of labs where the bomb was being built. Dennis Eskow, Popular Mechanics, "How They Hid the Bomb: 75 Years After the Trinity Nuclear Test," 16 July 2020 But UConn never could go on that run until the third quarter, and Mississippi State all night looked more composed. Dallas News, "SportsDay staffers pick the best games they’ve ever covered: Seven overtimes, #txhsfb drama and upsets for the ages," 20 Apr. 2020 The coronavirus crisis has dampened the public’s appetite for a certain kind of celebrity—the polished and composed type, looking to preach or inspire. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Leslie Jordan Is the Ideal Quarantine Companion," 6 Apr. 2020 A few hours after posting the fraught video, a more composed Money updated her Instagram story to say that her daughter had stabilized. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Bachelor' alum Michelle Money says prayers are helping daughter Brielle on life support," 6 Apr. 2020 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

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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. 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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