Definition of compose
1a : to form by putting together : fashion a committee composed of three representatives — Current Biog.b : to form the substance of : constitute composed of many ingredientsc : to produce (as columns or pages of type) by composition
2a : to create by mental or artistic labor : produce compose a sonnetb (1) : to formulate and write (a piece of music) composed a symphony (2) : to compose music for
3 : to deal with or act on so as to reduce to a minimum compose their differences
4 : to arrange in proper or orderly form The two men had laid him on the bed, and composed his limbs. — Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
: to practice composition (as of literary, musical, or typographical work) At the age of 10, he was composing at the piano.
Examples of compose in a sentence
She composed a letter to her sister.
He is in his studio composing.
Origin and Etymology of compose
Middle English, from Anglo-French composer, from Latin componere (perfect indicative composui) — more at compound
First Known Use: 15th century
COMPOSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of compose for English Language Learners
: to come together to form or make (something)
: to create and write (a piece of music or writing)
: to practice the art of writing music
COMPOSE Defined for Kids
Definition of compose for Students
1 : to form by putting together compose a team
2 : to be the parts or materials of This cloth is composed of silk and wool.
3 : to create and write compose a song compose a letter
4 : to make calm : get under control Although the news is shocking, I'll try to compose myself.
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