compose

[kuhm-pohz]

verb (used with object), com·posed, com·pos·ing.

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.

Origin of compose

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Middle French word composer. See com-, pose1
Related formscom·pos·a·ble, adjectiveun·com·pos·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedcompose comprise

Synonyms for compose

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Examples from the Web for compose

Contemporary Examples of compose

Historical Examples of compose

  • In the nearer ranks we may discern the variety of ingredients that compose the mass.

    Biographical Sketches

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • 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

    Charles Dickens

  • 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.



British Dictionary definitions for compose

compose

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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Word Origin and History for compose
v.

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.

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