The definition of compose means to combine, to put something in order or to write a piece of music.verb
- An example of compose is form a flower arrangment from a combination of flowers, leaves and fruits.
- An example of compose is to line up a group of pictures by the date the picture was taken.
- An example of compose is to write a song.
- to form in combination; make up; constitute: mortar is composed of lime, sand, and water
- to put together; put in proper order or form
- to create (a musical or literary work)
- to adjust or settle; reconcile: to compose differences
- to put (oneself, one's mind, etc.) in a state of tranquillity or repose; calm; allay
- to set (type)
- to produce (printed matter) as by computer, photocomposition, etc.
Origin: ME composen < OFr composer < com-, with + poser, to place; meaning infl. by L componere: see composite
- to create musical or literary works
- Printing to set type
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verb com·posed, com·pos·ing, com·pos·es verb, transitive
- To make up the constituent parts of; constitute or form: an exhibit composed of French paintings; the many ethnic groups that compose our nation. See Usage Note at comprise.
- To make or create by putting together parts or elements.
- To create or produce (a literary or musical piece).
- To make (oneself) calm or tranquil: Compose yourself and deal with the problems logically.
- To settle or adjust; reconcile: They managed to compose their differences.
- To arrange aesthetically or artistically.
- Printing To arrange or set (type or matter to be printed).
- To create a literary or musical piece.
- Printing To set type.
Origin: Middle English composen, from Old French composer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin compōnere; see component.