- to include or contain: The Soviet Union comprised several socialist republics.
- to consist of; be composed of: The advisory board comprises six members.
- to form or constitute: Seminars and lectures comprised the day's activities.
- be comprised of, to consist of; be composed of: The sales network is comprised of independent outlets and chain stores.
Origin of comprise
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Examples from the Web for comprising
Women have made great strides, he argued, for instance now comprising more than half of the students at medical and law schools.Dear GOP, Stop Talking About Women’s Bodies
January 27, 2014
Comprising a record 19 percent of the electorate, young people were a key demographic.Why the Youth Vote Mattered in Obama Reelection
Lizzie Crocker, Abby Haglage
November 8, 2012
Archery is growing in popularity as a recreational pursuit, now comprising more than a fifth of hunting licenses sold nationwide.Paul Ryan’s Bow-Hunting Bump
August 16, 2012
Like any Smith project, it took on a life of its own, eventually spreading over three continents and comprising 320 interviews.20 Views of Life and Death
Ezrha Jean Black
July 22, 2011
Considering the abutment and wing wall work, comprising 594 cu.Concrete Construction
Halbert P. Gillette
Fewest in number are the Turks, comprising only the officials.
Illustrated by forty four plates, comprising nearly 200 figures.Mechanical Drawing Self-Taught
Comprising the following bodies, will assemble at the Exchange.
It is like a bar of music, comprising their harmonious course.Coaches and Coaching
- to include; contain
- to constitute the whole of; consist ofher singing comprised the entertainment
Word Origin and History for comprising
early 15c., "to include," from Old French compris, past participle of comprendre "to contain, comprise" (12c.), from Latin comprehendere (see comprehend). Related: Comprised; comprising.