verb (used with object), com·posed, com·pos·ing.
- to set (type).
- to set type for (an article, book, etc.).
verb (used without object), com·posed, com·pos·ing.
Origin of compose
Synonyms for compose
Examples from the Web for compose
Contemporary Examples of compose
He then enlisted the help of New York City musician Carlo Nicolau to compose the music.The Government Is Using Subliminal Songs To Scare Immigrants
July 12, 2014
“One can no more write good English than one can compose good music by merely keeping to the rules,” he wrote.Will Jargon Be the Death of the English Language?
March 30, 2014
But Google grumble grumble makes me compose new messages in a tiny window, you say.Gmail Priority Inbox Freakout: Calm Down, Guys, Opting Out Is Easy
July 23, 2013
After defense explained that it did not consider the document intelligence, Lind compose herself and let defense proceed.Is Judge Denise Lind Bradley Manning’s Biggest Enemy?
July 19, 2013
The charge was to compose a story on it—a story that would justifiably appear on a napkin.Benjamin Percy: How I Write
June 5, 2013
Historical Examples of compose
In the nearer ranks we may discern the variety of ingredients that compose the mass.Biographical Sketches
It need hardly be said that in any case it was not Handel's practice to compose his works on an organ.Handel
Edward J. Dent
Little Dorrit was deeply anxious that he should lie down to compose himself.Little Dorrit
Sometimes all the bells which compose a peal tell their various uses.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
A proof of each of the songs that I compose or amend I shall receive as a favour.The Letters of Robert Burns
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for compose
c.1400, compousen, from Old French composer "put together, arrange, write" a work (12c.), from com- "with" (see com-) + poser "to place," from Late Latin pausare "to cease, lay down," ultimately from Latin ponere "to put, place" (see position (n.)). Meaning influenced in Old French by componere (see composite). Musical sense is from 1590s. Related: Composed; composing.