to make or form by combining things, parts, or elements: He composed his speech from many research notes.
to be or constitute a part or element of: a rich sauce composed of many ingredients.
to make up or form the basis of: Style composes the essence of good writing.
to put or dispose in proper form or order: to compose laws into a coherent system.
Art. to organize the parts or elements of (a picture or the like).
to create (a musical, literary, or choreographic work).
to end or settle (a quarrel, dispute, etc.): The union and management composed their differences.
to bring (oneself, one's mind, etc.) to a condition of calmness, repose, etc.; calm; quiet.
to set (type).
to set type for (an article, book, etc.).
to engage in composition, especially musical composition.
to enter into composition; fall into an arrangement: a scene that composes well.
- com·pos·a·ble, adjective
- un·com·pos·a·ble, adjective
- compose , comprise
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How to use compose in a sentence
The wedding song Tyler composes for Beth is, he knows, “more sentimental than searing.”
This bit about the wall and the jumping tradition composes only a tiny portion of the film.'It's Better To Jump' Tackles Gentrification in Akka | Matt Lerner | November 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
So in music, an author composes, when he groups certain musical tones and phrases so that they produce a desired effect.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Carbonate of lime composes nine-tenths of the mineral matter in solution.
Students of the body assure us that every particle of matter which composes it is changed in the course of seven years.The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society | Upton Sinclair
He is so indefatigable, that he composes and writes all himself, keeping his Secretaries only to copy.The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz, Volume I | Karl Ludwig von Pllnitz
He assures me, that he composes very slowly, and with great labour and difficulty.Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume II (of 2) | John Hill Burton
British Dictionary definitions for compose
to put together or make up by combining; put in proper order
to be the component elements of
to produce or create (a musical or literary work)
(intr) to write music
to calm (someone, esp oneself); make quiet
to adjust or settle (a quarrel, etc)
to order the elements of (a painting, sculpture, etc); design
printing to set up (type)
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