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.).
to engage in composition, especially musical composition.
to enter into composition; fall into an arrangement: a scene that composes well.
- com·pos·a·ble, adjective
- un·com·pos·a·ble, adjective
- compose , comprise
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How to use compose in a sentence
Adults 65 and older compose 16 percent of the US population but account for about 80 percent of Covid-19 deaths.
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PLTP is composed of Meridiam, Star America and Fluor Enterprises.Bank gives Purple Line firms more time to reach a settlement with Maryland and avoid potential default on debt | Katherine Shaver | November 8, 2020 | Washington Post
Wiedmaier says he’s dropped eight to 10 dishes from the menu, which encourages diners to compose their own four- to six-course dinners.A reopened Marcel’s reminds me that fine dining, especially now, is about more than food | Tom Sietsema | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
He won in the city’s urban core, the South Bay and in southeastern San Diego – areas that are disproportionately composed of renters, people with lower incomes, young people and people of color.San Diego Is a Big City – Todd Gloria Wants it to Act Like One | Andrew Keatts | November 6, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
British Dictionary definitions for compose
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)
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