- to include or contain: The Soviet Union comprised several socialist republics.
- to consist of; be composed of: The advisory board comprises six members.
- to form or constitute: Seminars and lectures comprised the day's activities.
- be comprised of, to consist of; be composed of: The sales network is comprised of independent outlets and chain stores.
Origin of comprise
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Examples from the Web for comprise
African Americans make up only 12 percent of the population but comprise 44 percent of HIV cases.Dissed By Her Doctor for Wanting HIV Protection
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Africans comprise the vast majority of peacekeepers in civil conflict on that continent.Why the US-Africa Summit Was Important and Why It Wasn't Enough
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But in California Hispanics comprise 23 percent of the electorate versus just over 12 percent nationally.The GOP’s Long, Hard Road in California
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The brigade in the footage is said to comprise about 20 French nationals and 20 Belgians.French and Belgian Jihadists Boast About the Syrians They Slaughter
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These three actors, Australian-bred and innately brooding, comprise the fabulously Hemsworth brothers.Luke, Chris, and Liam: Your Guide to the Fabulous Hemsworth Brothers
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The former are used for distant operations and comprise nine vessels.Submarine Warfare of To-day
Charles W. Domville-Fife
They seem to me to comprise a course, both going and returning.
A few minor contusions and a scratch or so comprise all his hurts.Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal
G. Harvey Ralphson
The address should comprise the street number, the city, and the state.How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)
Mary Owens Crowther
It seemed to comprise so thoroughly both the spirit and the letter of discipline.A Boswell of Baghdad
E. V. Lucas
- to include; contain
- to constitute the whole of; consist ofher singing comprised the entertainment
Word Origin and History for comprise
early 15c., "to include," from Old French compris, past participle of comprendre "to contain, comprise" (12c.), from Latin comprehendere (see comprehend). Related: Comprised; comprising.