[ kuh m-poz-it ]
/ kəmˈpɒz ɪt /



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

to make a composite of.

Nearby words

  1. composed,
  2. composedly,
  3. composer,
  4. composing room,
  5. composing stick,
  6. composite colour signal,
  7. composite family,
  8. composite flap,
  9. composite function,
  10. composite graft

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

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British Dictionary definitions for composite


/ (ˈkɒmpəzɪt) /



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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