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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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 But Mattingly described Alcantara as a pitcher with room to learn the finer points of the game: how to sequence pitches, how to hold runners, how to remain composed with runners on base. Matthew Defranks,, "Sandy Alcantara 'can’t wait to get out there' for Marlins debut Friday night," 28 June 2018 The sticky, cylindrical rice-cake street-food snacks ddeokbokki are treated like a composed pasta, grilled to offset their inherent chewiness and blanketed with lamb neck ragu and Parmesan shavings. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Andersonville’s Passerotto is a tale of two peninsulas," 21 June 2018 The two looks Beyoncé wears have very different attitudes — one composed and the other chaotic — but show how women are multi-faceted and aren’t always these perfect, composed beings., "Beyoncé Lets Her Outfits Do The Talking In Everything Is Love's First Video," 17 June 2018 Not simply the sight, in those last few desperate minutes, of a Germany team that has always seemed so composed suddenly in utter disarray. Rory Smith, New York Times, "For Germany, a Defeat Both Stunning and Foreboding," 17 June 2018 Toni Kroos is probably of the best defensive midfielders in the world - powerful and pinpoint accurate with a cool and composed head, there are not many players who can control the tempo of a football match better than him., "3 Key Battles Which Could Decide Germany's World Cup Clash With Mexico On Sunday," 16 June 2018 As the composed and cordial Lucas Giolito stood before his locker Monday night, trying to explain another tough night at the yard, the thought occurred to me: Giolito is lucky the White Sox are in rebuild mode. Teddy Greenstein,, "Is Lucas Giolito lucky or unlucky that the White Sox are leaving him up during their rebuild?," 12 June 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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