What does compose mean?

Definitions for compose
kəmˈpoʊzcom·pose

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word compose.

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.

    Etymology: From composer, from componere, from com- + ponere

  2. compose(Verb)

    To make up the whole; to constitute.

    Etymology: From composer, from componere, from com- + ponere

  3. compose(Verb)

    To comprise.

    Etymology: From composer, from componere, from com- + ponere

  4. compose(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From composer, from componere, from com- + ponere

  5. compose(Verb)

    To calm oneself down.

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

    Etymology: From composer, from componere, from com- + ponere

  6. compose(Verb)

    To arrange the elements of a photograph or other picture.

    Etymology: From composer, from componere, from com- + ponere

  7. compose(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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

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

  2. Compose(verb)

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

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

  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

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

  4. Compose(verb)

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

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

  5. Compose(verb)

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

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

  6. Compose(verb)

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

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

  7. Compose(verb)

    to come to terms

    Etymology: [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

  1. Compose

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. compose

    To create.

    He did compose music and was very grateful for that ability.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  
  2. compose

    To form matter.

    The teeth are composed of enamel.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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How to say compose in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of compose in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of compose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of compose in a Sentence

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Après la longue période de temps chaud et sec, est la première pluie de la saison la création d'un parfum exquis éloquente dans l'air - une odeur terreuse qui imprègne et flotte tout autour de nous, rafraîchissant nos esprits et de rajeunir nos vies. Je aime ce puissant parfum de séduction - émanant de l'union tant attendue de pluie tendre et douce tombe à terre soif sèche, et d'inciter une intimité instantanée dans l'air. Intéressant, cet élégant parfum envoûtant a un nom aussi. ça se appelle "petrichor"; un mot composé dérivé de la langue grecque - comprenant "petra" qui signifie «la pierre», et «ichor» qui signifie «le fluide qui coule dans les veines des dieux" selon la mythologie grecque. à mon avis, petrichor est sûrement un parfum divin qui doit être un cadeau du pouvoir suprême. Si ma vie était un parfum, je aurais sûrement l'aime à sentir comme Petrichor.

  2. John Dingell:

    One of the advantages to knowing that your demise is imminent, and that reports of it will not be greatly exaggerated, is that you have a few moments to compose some parting thoughts, in our modern political age, the presidential bully pulpit seems dedicated to sowing division and denigrating, often in the most irrelevant and infantile personal terms, the political opposition.

  3. Cat Ellington:

    If God ever commands the spirit of wisdom to depart from me, well, I reckon that I'll never be able to compose the written word again. Not in music, and not in literature. If there is a blank page before me, it wouldn't matter if my right hand held a thousand dollar ink pen from the House of Montblanc, or an ink pen branded Paper Mate, not one word would be jotted from the ink of either or, and the page would remain blank.

  4. R.L. Giles:

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

  5. 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.

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Translations for compose

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  • 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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