- 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)
- (intransitive) 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
- to set up (type)
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com•pose /kəmˈpoʊz/USA pronunciation v. [~ + object], -posed, -pos•ing.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to be or make up the parts of;
form the basis of: [be + ~-ed + of + object]His spaghetti sauce was composed of many ingredients.
- Literature, Music and Danceto create (a musical, literary, or dance work):He composed symphonies. Compose an essay of 500 words.
- to arrange the elements of:The sculptor composed his pieces with precision and beauty.
- to bring to a condition of calmness;
settle down:He took a moment to compose himself, then walked out of the courtroom.
com•pose (kəm pōz′),USA pronunciation v., -posed, -pos•ing.
- 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.
- Fine Art[Art.]to organize the parts or elements of (a picture or the like).
- Literature, Music and Danceto 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.;
- to set (type).
- to set type for (an article, book, etc.).
- to engage in composition, esp. musical composition.
- to enter into composition;
fall into an arrangement:a scene that composes well.
- Middle French composer. See com-, pose1
- late Middle English 1375–1425
- 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged settle, collect.
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compose /kəmˈpəʊz/ vb (mainly tr)
'compose' also found in these entries:
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