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Princeton's WordNet

  1. consist, compriseverb

    be composed of

    "The land he conquered comprised several provinces"; "What does this dish consist of?"

  2. incorporate, contain, compriseverb

    include or contain; have as a component

    "A totally new idea is comprised in this paper"; "The record contains many old songs from the 1930's"

  3. constitute, represent, make up, comprise, beverb

    form or compose

    "This money is my only income"; "The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance"; "These constitute my entire belonging"; "The children made up the chorus"; "This sum represents my entire income for a year"; "These few men comprise his entire army"


  1. compriseverb

    To be made up of; to consist of (especially a comprehensive list of parts).

  2. compriseverb

    To include, contain or embrace.

    Our committee comprises a president, secretary, treasurer and five other members.

  3. compriseverb

    To compose, to constitute. See usage note below.

  4. compriseverb

    To include, contain or embrace, but not implying an exhaustive list.

  5. Etymology: From compris, past participle of comprendre, from comprehendere, contr. comprendere, past participle comprehensus; see comprehend. Compare apprise, reprise, surprise.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Compriseverb

    To contain; to comprehend; to include.

    Etymology: comprendre compris, French.

    The necessity of shortness causeth men to cut off impertinent discourses, and to comprise much matter in few words. Richard Hooker, b. v. sect. 32.

    Do they not, under doctrine, comprehend the same that we intend by matters of faith? Do not they, under discipline, comprise the regimen of the church? Richard Hooker, b. iii. s. 3.

    ’Tis the polluted love that multiplies;
    But friendship does two souls in one comprise. Wentworth Dillon.


  1. comprise

    To comprise means to consist of or be made up of certain elements or parts. It is used to indicate the whole that is formed by combining different components.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compriseverb

    to comprehend; to include

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Comprise

    kom-prīz′, v.t. to contain, include: to sum up.—adj. Compris′able.—n. Compris′al, the act of comprising.—p.adjs. Comprised′, included; Compris′ing, including. [Fr. compris, pa.p. of comprendre—L. comprehendĕre. See Comprehend.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'comprise' in Verbs Frequency: #523

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of comprise in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of comprise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of comprise in a Sentence

  1. Hillel Neuer:

    The cost of the U.S. decision to rejoin is that it gives legitimacy to a council where tyrannies and other non-democracies now comprise 60% of the membership, in exchange, the U.S. must demand serious reform, removing despots from the council such as Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro regime, holding dictators to account, and removing the agenda item that targets Israel in each session, the only one to focus on a single country.

  2. Francis M Faber Jr.:

    How many individuals comprise a typical flagstaff?

  3. Robert Shapiro:

    GDP is the only standard gauge we have of the pace and direction of the overall economy and its major components, and the measures that comprise it help shape long-term business and financial planning and short-term investment algorithms.

  4. Bhagavad Gita:

    Knowledge, the object of knowledge and the knower are the three factors which motivate action the senses, the work and the doer comprise the threefold basis of action.

  5. Stacy Brethauer:

    Like any systematic review, the findings are only as good as the studies that are used to comprise it, in this case, there are relatively few large studies done by a small number of researchers. Fortunately, the quality of the papers and the number of the patients overall helps to support the findings.

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