Serenely self-possessed; calm: The speaker remained composed even when heckled. See Synonyms at cool.
(comparative more composed, superlative most composed)
- showing composure.
- simple past tense and past participle of compose
Variant of compose
transitive verbcomposed, composing
- 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 of composeMiddle English composen ; from Old French composer ; from com-, with + poser, to place; meaning influenced, influence by Classical Latin componere: see composite
- to create musical or literary works
- Printing to set type