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View synonyms for comprise

comprise

[ kuhm-prahyz ]

verb (used with object)

, com·prised, com·pris·ing.
  1. to include or contain:

    The Soviet Union comprised several socialist republics.

  2. to consist of; be composed of:

    The advisory board comprises six members.

  3. to form or constitute:

    Seminars and lectures comprised the day's activities.



comprise

/ kəmˈpraɪz /

verb

  1. to include; contain
  2. to constitute the whole of; consist of

    her singing comprised the entertainment



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Usage

The use of of after comprise should be avoided: the library comprises (not comprises of ) 500 000 books and manuscripts
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Derived Forms

  • comˈprisal, noun
  • comˈprisable, adjective
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Other Words From

  • com·pris·a·ble adjective
  • com·pris·al noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of comprise1

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English comprisen, from Middle French compris (past participle of comprendre ), from Latin comprehēnsus; comprehension
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Word History and Origins

Origin of comprise1

C15: from French compris included, understood, from comprendre to comprehend
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Idioms and Phrases

Idioms
  1. be comprised of, to consist of; be composed of:

    The sales network is comprised of independent outlets and chain stores.

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Synonym Study

See include.
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Example Sentences

For agencies that means an in-house team with specialized roles and, for some, an extended, outsourced team comprised of freelance collaborators — usually, for more content development, graphic design etc.

Apple describes the orb as “a first-of-its-kind, all-glass dome structure that is fully self-supported, comprised of 114 pieces of glass with only 10 narrow vertical mullions for structural connection.”

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The tens of millions who comprise the nation’s shrinking middle class are finding it ever harder to obtain, and maintain, well-paying jobs with the kinds of wages and benefits that would allow them to pursue their own American dreams.

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The organization also has a short list of launch partners, comprising media outlets and event producers like Fast Company and Startup Grind.

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The Rotisserie Baseball League, being based in Manhattan and comprised of Manhattan media elites, quickly gained attention.

African Americans make up only 12 percent of the population but comprise 44 percent of HIV cases.

Africans comprise the vast majority of peacekeepers in civil conflict on that continent.

But in California Hispanics comprise 23 percent of the electorate versus just over 12 percent nationally.

The brigade in the footage is said to comprise about 20 French nationals and 20 Belgians.

Occasionally a political link or note appears, but they hardly comprise the bulk of the posts.

The symptoms may comprise not only a diversity of physical ailments, but intellectual disturbances of the most terrible import.

They were certainly considered as an inferior body of burgesses, and might comprise three classes.

This is a ruddy cottage from fluted tiling down to the grass, and sufficiently large to comprise two tenements now.

It seemed to comprise so thoroughly both the spirit and the letter of discipline.

A few words about the Yolofs and Mandingoes comprise all there is to learn.

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Definitions and idiom definitions from Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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