[ kuhm-pohzd ]
/ kəmˈpoʊzd /


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

Origin of composed

First recorded in 1475–85; compose + -ed2

Related forms

com·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.

Definition for composed (2 of 2)


[ 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 forms

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

Can be confused

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

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British Dictionary definitions for composed (1 of 2)


/ (kəmˈpəʊzd) /


(of people) calm; tranquil; serene

Derived Forms

composedly (kəmˈpəʊzɪdlɪ), adverbcomposedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for composed (2 of 2)


/ (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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