Definitions for composekəmˈpoʊz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•posekəmˈpoʊz(v.)-posed, -pos•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to be or constitute the parts, elements, or materials of; make up; form the basis of:

    a sauce composed of many ingredients.

  2. to make or form by combining things, parts, or elements:

    to compose a speech from research notes.

  3. to create (a musical, literary, or choreographic work).

    Category: Literature, Music and Dance

  4. to put or dispose in proper form or order.

  5. to arrange the elements of, esp. in an aesthetic manner.

  6. to end or settle (a quarrel, dispute, etc.):

    The union and management composed their differences.

  7. to bring (oneself, one's mind, etc.) to a condition of calmness, repose, etc.; calm; settle.

  8. to set (type). to set type for (an article, book, etc.).

    Category: Printing

  9. (v.i.)to engage in composition, esp. musical composition.

  10. to enter into composition; fall into an arrangement.

Origin of compose:

1375–1425; late ME < MF composer

Princeton's WordNet

  1. compose(verb)

    form the substance of

    "Greed and ambition composed his personality"

  2. compose, write(verb)

    write music

    "Beethoven composed nine symphonies"

  3. write, compose, pen, indite(verb)

    produce a literary work

    "She composed a poem"; "He wrote four novels"

  4. compose, compile(verb)

    put together out of existing material

    "compile a list"

  5. compose(verb)

    calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet

    "She had to compose herself before she could reply to this terrible insult"

  6. frame, compose, draw up(verb)

    make up plans or basic details for

    "frame a policy"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. compose(verb)əmˈpoʊz

    indicates parts that make sth; = consist of

    Water is composed of hydrogen and oxygen.

  2. composeəmˈpoʊz

    to write carefully

    to compose a letter/speech

  3. composeəmˈpoʊz

    to write a piece of music

    only 8 years old when he composed his first piece


  1. compose(Verb)

    To make something by merging parts.

  2. compose(Verb)

    To make up the whole; to constitute.

  3. compose(Verb)

    To comprise.

  4. compose(Verb)

    To construct by mental labor; to think up; particularly, to produce or create a literary or musical work.

  5. compose(Verb)

    To calm oneself down.

    The defendant couldn't compose herself and was found in contempt.

  6. compose(Verb)

    To arrange the elements of a photograph or other picture.

  7. compose(Verb)

    To settle (an argument, dispute etc.); to come to a settlement.

  8. Origin: From composer, from componere, from com- + ponere

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compose(verb)

    to form by putting together two or more things or parts; to put together; to make up; to fashion

  2. Compose(verb)

    to form the substance of, or part of the substance of; to constitute

  3. Compose(verb)

    to construct by mental labor; to design and execute, or put together, in a manner involving the adaptation of forms of expression to ideas, or to the laws of harmony or proportion; as, to compose a sentence, a sermon, a symphony, or a picture

  4. Compose(verb)

    to dispose in proper form; to reduce to order; to put in proper state or condition; to adjust; to regulate

  5. Compose(verb)

    to free from agitation or disturbance; to tranquilize; to soothe; to calm; to quiet

  6. Compose(verb)

    to arrange (types) in a composing stick in order for printing; to set (type)

  7. Compose(verb)

    to come to terms

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'compose' in Verbs Frequency: #640

Translations for compose

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to form by putting parts together

A word is composed of several letters.

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