UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/kəmˈpəʊz/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/kəmˈpoʊz/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(kəm pōz)

Inflections of 'compose' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
com•pose /kəmˈpoʊz/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -posed, -pos•ing. 
  1. to be or make up the parts of;
    form the basis of: [be + ~-ed + of + object]His spaghetti sauce was composed of many ingredients.
  2. Literature, Music and Danceto create (a musical, literary, or dance work):He composed symphonies. Compose an essay of 500 words.
  3. to arrange the elements of:The sculptor composed his pieces with precision and beauty.
  4. to bring to a condition of calmness;
    settle down:He took a moment to compose himself, then walked out of the courtroom.
See -pos-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
com•pose  (kəm pōz),USA pronunciation v.,  -posed, -pos•ing. 
  1. to make or form by combining things, parts, or elements:He composed his speech from many research notes.
  2. to be or constitute a part or element of:a rich sauce composed of many ingredients.
  3. to make up or form the basis of:Style composes the essence of good writing.
  4. to put or dispose in proper form or order:to compose laws into a coherent system.
  5. Fine Art[Art.]to organize the parts or elements of (a picture or the like).
  6. Literature, Music and Danceto create (a musical, literary, or choreographic work).
  7. to end or settle (a quarrel, dispute, etc.):The union and management composed their differences.
  8. to bring (oneself, one's mind, etc.) to a condition of calmness, repose, etc.;
  9. [Print.]
    • to set (type).
    • to set type for (an article, book, etc.).

  1. to engage in composition, esp. musical composition.
  2. to enter into composition;
    fall into an arrangement:a scene that composes well.
com•posa•ble, adj. 
  • Middle French composer. See com-, pose1
  • late Middle English 1375–1425
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged settle, collect.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
compose /kəmˈpəʊz/ vb (mainly tr)
  1. to put together or make up by combining; put in proper order
  2. to be the component elements of
  3. to produce or create (a musical or literary work)
  4. (intransitive) to write music
  5. to calm (someone, esp oneself); make quiet
  6. to adjust or settle (a quarrel, etc)
  7. to order the elements of (a painting, sculpture, etc); design
  8. to set up (type)
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French composer, from Latin compōnere to put in place; see component
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