[ kuhm-pohzd ]
See synonyms for: composedcomposedly on

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

Origin of composed

First recorded in 1475–85; compose + -ed2

synonym study For composed

See calm.

Opposites for composed

Other words from composed

  • com·pos·ed·ly [kuhm-poh-zid-lee], /kəmˈpoʊ zɪd li/, adverb
  • com·pos·ed·ness, noun
  • un·com·posed, adjective
  • well-com·posed, adjective

Words Nearby composed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use composed in a sentence

  • Madame de Condillac stood watching him, her face composed, her glance cold.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • The expression of his features was calm and composed, and his eyes were raised to heaven with a look of hope and supplication.

  • In his condemned cell he composed a beautiful poem of 14 verses (“My last Thought”), which was found by his wife and published.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • When d'Aubran entered, the Seneschal was composed and in his wonted habit of ponderous dignity.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • For a long time she met with the usual rejections, and it was a year or more before anything she composed received any notice.

    The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux

British Dictionary definitions for composed


/ (kəmˈpəʊzd) /

  1. (of people) calm; tranquil; serene

Derived forms of composed

  • composedly (kəmˈpəʊzɪdlɪ), adverb
  • composedness, noun

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