compose

[ kuhm-pohz ]
/ kəmˈpoʊz /

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.

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Origin of compose

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Middle French word composer. See com-, pose1

OTHER WORDS FROM compose

com·pos·a·ble, adjectiveun·com·pos·a·ble, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH compose

compose comprise
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British Dictionary definitions for compose

compose
/ (kəmˈpəʊz) /

verb (mainly tr)

Word Origin for compose

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