[ kuhm-pohz ]
/ kəmˈpoʊz /
verb (used with object), com·posed, com·pos·ing.
to make or form by combining things, parts, or elements: He composed his speech from many research notes.
to be or constitute a part or element of: a rich sauce composed of many ingredients.
to make up or form the basis of: Style composes the essence of good writing.
to put or dispose in proper form or order: to compose laws into a coherent system.
Art. to organize the parts or elements of (a picture or the like).
to create (a musical, literary, or choreographic work).
to end or settle (a quarrel, dispute, etc.): The union and management composed their differences.
to bring (oneself, one's mind, etc.) to a condition of calmness, repose, etc.; calm; quiet.
- to set (type).
- to set type for (an article, book, etc.).
verb (used without object), com·posed, com·pos·ing.
to engage in composition, especially musical composition.
to enter into composition; fall into an arrangement: a scene that composes well.
Words nearby compose
Origin of compose
OTHER WORDS FROM composecom·pos·a·ble, adjectiveun·com·pos·a·ble, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH composecompose comprise
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British Dictionary definitions for composable
/ (kəmˈpəʊz) /
verb (mainly tr)
to put together or make up by combining; put in proper order
to be the component elements of
to produce or create (a musical or literary work)
(intr) to write music
to calm (someone, esp oneself); make quiet
to adjust or settle (a quarrel, etc)
to order the elements of (a painting, sculpture, etc); design
printing to set up (type)
Word Origin for compose
C15: from Old French composer, from Latin compōnere to put in place; see component
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