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[ kuhm-pohz ]

verb (used with object)

, com·posed, com·pos·ing.
  1. to make or form by combining things, parts, or elements:

    He composed his speech from many research notes.

  2. to be or constitute a part or element of:

    a rich sauce composed of many ingredients.

  3. to make up or form the basis of:

    Style composes the essence of good writing.

  4. to put or dispose in proper form or order:

    to compose laws into a coherent system.

  5. Art. to organize the parts or elements of (a picture or the like).
  6. to create (a musical, literary, or choreographic work).
  7. to end or settle (a quarrel, dispute, etc.):

    The union and management composed their differences.

  8. to bring (oneself, one's mind, etc.) to a condition of calmness, repose, etc.; calm; quiet.

    Synonyms: collect, settle

  9. Printing.
    1. to set (type).
    2. to set type for (an article, book, etc.).

verb (used without object)

, com·posed, com·pos·ing.
  1. to engage in composition, especially musical composition.
  2. to enter into composition; fall into an arrangement:

    a scene that composes well.


/ kəmˈpəʊz /


  1. to put together or make up by combining; put in proper order
  2. to be the component elements of
  3. to produce or create (a musical or literary work)
  4. intr to write music
  5. to calm (someone, esp oneself); make quiet
  6. to adjust or settle (a quarrel, etc)
  7. to order the elements of (a painting, sculpture, etc); design
  8. printing to set up (type)

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Other Words From

  • com·posa·ble adjective
  • uncom·posa·ble adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of compose1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Middle French word composer. See com-, pose 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of compose1

C15: from Old French composer, from Latin compōnere to put in place; see component

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Example Sentences

Despite being smaller than Earth’s moon, and despite temperatures hovering around -390 degrees Fahrenheit, Pluto has a complex atmosphere composed of nitrogen laced with methane and carbon monoxide and filled with an unexpected blue haze.

In the new study, Kwok-Yung Yuen, a microbiologist at the University of Hong Kong, and colleagues analyzed most of the genetic blueprint, composed of RNA, of each of the patient’s coronavirus infections and looked for differences.

The goal hasn’t been to get cheaper but to get better composed, that’s ongoing and will continue.

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Yet if you examine very large, massive galaxies you find that they tend to be composed of older stars, suggesting that they’ve already sat around in their dotage for a very long time.

His commentaries comparing Galileo’s time to today’s are weaved into an engagingly composed and pleasantly readable account.

He then enlisted the help of New York City musician Carlo Nicolau to compose the music.

“One can no more write good English than one can compose good music by merely keeping to the rules,” he wrote.

Perhaps compose a fiction about hard-wired fictionalizing, a fiction that reminds readers of their synaptic deceptions.

But Google grumble grumble makes me compose new messages in a tiny window, you say.

After defense explained that it did not consider the document intelligence, Lind compose herself and let defense proceed.

He placed the paper on the table, and, ere he read a syllable, he laboured to compose himself.

We suddenly realized that after all the greatness and strength of a nation is made up of the men and women who compose it.

The act of the Covenanting Society is complex, and is the aggregate of the actings of all who compose it.

Controve, compose or invent tunes, foule fayle, fail miserably.

About this time he began to compose, although his attempts were merely improvisations.