form the substance of
"Greed and ambition composed his personality"
"Beethoven composed nine symphonies"
write, compose, pen, indite(verb)
produce a literary work
"She composed a poem"; "He wrote four novels"
put together out of existing material
"compile a list"
calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet
"She had to compose herself before she could reply to this terrible insult"
frame, compose, draw up(verb)
make up plans or basic details for
"frame a policy"
To make something by merging parts.
To make up the whole; to constitute.
To construct by mental labor; to think up; particularly, to produce or create a literary or musical work.
To calm oneself down.
The defendant couldn't compose herself and was found in contempt.
To arrange the elements of a photograph or other picture.
To settle (an argument, dispute etc.); to come to a settlement.
Origin: From composer, from componere, from com- + ponere
to form by putting together two or more things or parts; to put together; to make up; to fashion
to form the substance of, or part of the substance of; to constitute
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
to dispose in proper form; to reduce to order; to put in proper state or condition; to adjust; to regulate
to free from agitation or disturbance; to tranquilize; to soothe; to calm; to quiet
to arrange (types) in a composing stick in order for printing; to set (type)
to come to terms
Origin: [F. composer; com- + poser to place. The sense is that of L. componere, but the origin is different. See Pose, v. t.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kom-pōz′, v.t. to form by putting two or more parts or things together: to place in proper order, to put together, to arrange artistically the elements of a landscape for painting: to settle or set at rest: to soothe: to set up or place types in order for printing: to originate or write as author, to set to music.—p.adj. Composed′, settled, quiet, calm.—adv. Compos′edly.—ns. Compos′edness; Compos′er, a writer, an author, esp. of a piece of music.—adj. Com′posite, made up of two or more distinct parts: (archit.) a blending of the Ionic and the Corinthian orders: (bot.) belonging to the natural order Compositæ, having compound or composite flowers—heads of flowers composed of a number of florets on a common receptacle, surrounded by bracts forming a leafy involucre, like single flowers.—adv. Com′positely.—ns. Com′positeness; Compos′ing-stick, an instrument with a sliding adjustment, used for holding printing-types before they are put on the galley; Compos′ition, the act of putting together, or that which is put together: the thing composed, as a work in literature, music, or painting: mental constitution: artistic manner, style in writing or painting: a coming together or agreement, an arrangement or compromise: a certain percentage which creditors agree to accept in lieu of the full payment of a bankrupt's debts: (mech.) the compounding of two velocities or forces into a single velocity or force which shall be their equivalent.—adj. Compos′itive.—ns. Compos′itor, one who puts together, or sets up, types for printing; Com′post, Compost′ure (Shak.) a mixture for manure: a kind of plaster; Compō′sure, calmness: self-possession: tranquillity.—Composite candle, one made of a mixture of stearic acid and the stearin of coco-nut oil; Composite carriage, a railway-carriage with compartments of different classes; Composite portrait, a single portrait produced by combining those of a number of persons; Composition of a felony, the act of abstaining from prosecution for some consideration—itself punishable by fine and imprisonment. [Fr. composer, from L. cum, and pausāre, to cease, to rest.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'compose' in Verbs Frequency: #640
The numerical value of compose in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of compose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
In parting, Compose a beautiful goodbye And the bliss will live on in memories symphony.
I have never thought of writing for reputation and honor. What I have in my heart must come out; that is the reason why I compose.
The greatest prize of all, I think I'm safe in saying, is Duke Ellington's white baby grand piano on which he was known to compose much of his music.
If the painter works directly from nature, he ultimately looks for nothing but momentary effects he does not try to compose, and soon he gets monotonous.
The theory of rights enables us to rise and overthrow obstacles, but not to found a strong and lasting accord between all the elements which compose the nation.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- творя, успокоявам, образувам, съставям се от, съставям, съчинявам, композирамBulgarian
- beruhigen, umfasst, zusammensetzen, einschliessen, komponieren, zusammenstellen, bilden, fassen, verfassen, enthalten, abfassenGerman
- συνέρχομαι, συνθέτω, περιέχω, ηρεμώ, συμπεριλαμβάνω, απαρτίζω, περιλαμβάνωGreek
- moodustama, rahunema, koostama, looma, sisaldamaEstonian
- sommitella, koostaa, säveltää, muodostaa, luoda, rauhoittua, koota, käsittääFinnish
- חיבר, הלחיןHebrew
- composeren, omvatten, bedaren, componeren, vormen, redigeren, samenstellenDutch
- compor, montar, recompor-se, constituirPortuguese
- составлять, писать, сочинять, собраться, собрать, написать, сочинить, состоять, составить, собираться, собиратьRussian
- soạn, biên soạn, soạn thảoVietnamese
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