compose

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verb com·pose \kəm-ˈpōz\

Definition of compose

composed

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composing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to form by putting together :  fashion a committee composed of three representatives — Current Biographyb :  to form the substance of :  constitute composed of many ingredientsc :  to produce (columns, pages of type, etc.) by composition

  3. 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

  4. 3 :  to deal with or act on so as to reduce to a minimum compose their differences

  5. 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

  6. 5 :  to free from agitation :  calm, settle composed himself Life moves on, … and one must compose oneself to meet it … — Rose Macaulay

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  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

  1. She composed a letter to her sister.

  2. He is in his studio composing.

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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

compose

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verb com·pose \kəm-ˈpōz\

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

compose

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verb com·pose \kəm-ˈpōz\

Definition of compose for Students

composed

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composing

  1. 1 :  to form by putting together compose a team

  2. 2 :  to be the parts or materials of This cloth is composed of silk and wool.

  3. 3 :  to create and write compose a song compose a letter

  4. 4 :  to make calm :  get under control Although the news is shocking, I'll try to compose myself.



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