[ kuhm-pohzd ]
/ kəmˈpoʊzd /


calm; tranquil; serene: His composed face reassured the nervous passengers.

Nearby words

  1. componé,
  2. comport,
  3. comportance,
  4. comportment,
  5. compose,
  6. composedly,
  7. composer,
  8. composing room,
  9. composing stick,
  10. composite

Origin of composed

First recorded in 1475–85; compose + -ed2

Related formscom·pos·ed·ly [kuhm-poh-zid-lee] /kəmˈpoʊ zɪd li/, adverbcom·pos·ed·ness, nounun·com·posed, adjectivewell-com·posed, adjective

Synonym study

See calm.


[ 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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for composed


/ (kəmˈpəʊzd) /


(of people) calm; tranquil; serene
Derived Formscomposedly (kəmˈpəʊzɪdlɪ), adverbcomposedness, noun


/ (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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