[kuh m-poz-it]



verb (used with object), com·pos·it·ed, com·pos·it·ing.

to make a composite of.

Origin of composite

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin compositus (past participle of compōnere to put together), equivalent to com- com- + positus placed; see posit
Related formscom·pos·ite·ly, adverbcom·pos·ite·ness, nounhy·per·com·pos·ite, adjectivenon·com·pos·ite, adjective, nounnon·com·pos·ite·ly, adverbnon·com·pos·ite·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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composed of separate parts; compound
of, relating to, or belonging to the plant family Asteraceae
maths capable of being factorized or decomposeda composite function
(sometimes capital) denoting or relating to one of the five classical orders of architecture: characterized by a combination of the Ionic and Corinthian stylesSee also Doric, Tuscan


something composed of separate parts; compound
any plant of the family Asteraceae (formerly Compositae), typically having flower heads composed of ray flowers (e.g. dandelion), disc flowers (e.g. thistle), or both (e.g. daisy)
a material, such as reinforced concrete, made of two or more distinct materials
a proposal that has been composited

verb (ˈkɒmpəˌzaɪt)

(tr) to merge related motions from local branches of (a political party, trade union, etc) so as to produce a manageable number of proposals for discussion at national level
Derived Formscompositely, adverbcompositeness, noun

Word Origin for composite

C16: from Latin compositus well arranged, from compōnere to collect, arrange; see component
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Word Origin and History for composite

c.1400, from Old French composite, from Latin compositus "placed together," past participle of componere "to put together, to collect a whole from several parts," from com- "together" (see com-) + ponere "to place" (see position (n.)). The noun is attested from c.1400. Composite number is from 1730s.

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