What does compose mean?

Definitions for compose
kəmˈpoʊzcom·pose

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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.

    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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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. Joaquin Quinonero Candela:

    It’s somewhere in some photo [collection] a friend of mine took but in a few years I will have forgotten who took it, we’re doing research on cracking the image open and understanding it at the individual pixel level. This is called image segmentation. We’re building the ability to understand the individual objects that compose an image.

  2. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    Erotic music of love Your body is like erotic sex hip-hop beat, oh my god is beautiful and sweet and graceful, you are funk lioness, you are like sweet G Funk of my dreams, damn it do not stop you are like a hot twerk turning into a dirty gangsta rap, god how hot it is from your beauty, your beauty is like the most beautiful Soul, turning into a dope of your charm like a reggae will fly away to paradise where only you are me. Everything around becomes more beautiful when you are by my side. You are the only adornment of reality and its highest priceless value in my life. Because of your beauty, I have an overdose of love and excitement, an over-exciting effect, as if I died and went to heaven, I saw clearly that I only loved you. I adore and bow before your skin color. Every molecule of the body and soul reaches for you. All the neurons in my brain are filled with impulses of thoughts of love for you. I idolize your black skin, juicy black skin. Sometimes it’s like a gently chocolate-caramel sunset of romance, sometimes like a shimmering in a beautiful nutty dawn. Your skin shimmers with all shades of seduction and temptation, with the sweetest and most exciting skin tones, it is so sweet that drool flows from a powerful, frantic desire to be with you forever, you are hot chocolate of lust, I see billions of moans and orgasms of desire in your eyes, they are synonymous with passion. Your body is an endless source of love inspiration. Your appearance brings the soul to the highest level of orgasm, universal power, trembling in the body and soul with delight. From your appearance, the infinite power of edging. The highest level of sexual pleasure for my eyes. Your skin is like caramel gold. Oh baby, I feel like I am touching your beautiful body, I am snuggling up to you, and I feel like I am in a paradise of sincere happiness that I have been looking for forever in all lives. Sultry, burning, piquantly sexy chocolate goddess. In a word, super sweet. Your image in my head, in my thoughts and dreams, from your body, everything is burning with passion, burned by the sultry sexuality of your skin. Being yours forever is a thrill for my soul. You can compose endless love poems about every part of your body. It’s as if you were stuck together in two words: buzz and bastard, you are made up of billions of microparticles called WOW. My opinion about your appearance: Oh my god yes, Oooh daaaaaaaa, an infinite number of yes. Like a juicy exotic fruit, whose juice and skin color seem to be from paradise. Juicy, chocolate dessert. Brutally exciting goddess, mockingly attractive, seductive, teasing and powerfully attractive. God, how hot it is from your appearance. Whoa whoa easier than the goddess of my cherished dreams, too sweet, uhh how hot, just divine, hot there is simply nowhere, damn yeah, mmm, how sweet and eloquent your beauty sounds. You are the erotic music of love in my head, reflecting the essence of the philosophy of life. I want and love only you instinctively, dirtyly, viciously, romantically, I exalt you in my head poetically, I love you lyrically in my thoughts. Ultra powerful attraction only to you. Every second is priceless and sweet with you. Every second with you is already a romantic memory, the most valuable in all my lives. When you are in oil or in life, your skin glows with an amazing chocolate color, so sweet and sexy that you want to pounce on you and caress like an animal from night to morning, ultra sexually brutally exciting, you are my love, you are my lust, you are that I want and thirst forever. God, how hot-sexy I will have a burn of imagination from love for you, damn how hot and hot from your sexuality. You are my wondrous, sweet, chocolate voluptuousness. My lust growls and groans with pleasure at the sight of you, savoring every second spent with you, they are priceless in my memory. From your beauty, in your head there is only one brutal word: Yeeeaaaah. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  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. Arlen Ettinger:

    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.

  5. R.L. Giles:

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

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  • مؤلف موسيقىArabic
  • 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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