Definitions for composekəmˈpoʊz

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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"

Wiktionary

  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

  8. Origin: [F. composer; com- + poser to place. The sense is that of L. componere, but the origin is different. See Pose, v. t.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. R.L. Giles:

    In parting, Compose a beautiful goodbye And the bliss will live on in memories symphony.

  2. Ludwig van Beethoven:

    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.

  3. Auguste Renoir:

    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.

  4. Giuseppe Mazzini:

    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.

  5. Charles Baudelaire:

    The being who, for most men, is the source of the most lively, and even, be it said, to the shame of philosophical delights, the most lasting joys; the being towards or for whom all their efforts tend for whom and by whom fortunes are made and lost; for whom, but especially by whom, artists and poets compose their most delicate jewels; from whom flow the most enervating pleasures and the most enriching sufferings -- woman, in a word, is not, for the artist in general... only the female of the human species. She is rather a divinity, a star.


Translations for compose

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • творя, успокоявам, образувам, съставям се от, съставям, съчинявам, композирамBulgarian
  • složitCzech
  • beruhigen, umfasst, zusammensetzen, einschliessen, komponieren, zusammenstellen, bilden, fassen, verfassen, enthalten, abfassenGerman
  • συνέρχομαι, συνθέτω, περιέχω, ηρεμώ, συμπεριλαμβάνω, απαρτίζω, περιλαμβάνωGreek
  • componerSpanish
  • moodustama, rahunema, koostama, looma, sisaldamaEstonian
  • sommitella, koostaa, säveltää, muodostaa, luoda, rauhoittua, koota, käsittääFinnish
  • composerFrench
  • cumIrish
  • חיבר, הלחיןHebrew
  • composeren, omvatten, bedaren, componeren, vormen, redigeren, samenstellenDutch
  • compor, montar, recompor-se, constituirPortuguese
  • compuneRomanian
  • составлять, писать, сочинять, собраться, собрать, написать, сочинить, состоять, составить, собираться, собиратьRussian
  • bumuoTagalog
  • soạn, biên soạn, soạn thảoVietnamese
  • 撰写Chinese

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