- The definition of comprise means to contain.
The 50 states that make up the U.S. are an example of the states thatcomprise the U.S.
- to include; contain
- to consist of; be composed of: a nation comprising thirteen states
- to make up; form; constitute: in this sense still regarded by a few as a loose usage: a nation comprised of thirteen states
Origin: Middle English comprisen ; from Old French compris, past participle of comprendre ; from Classical Latin comprehendere, comprehend
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transitive verb com·prised, com·pris·ing, com·pris·es
- To consist of; be composed of: “The French got … French Equatorial Africa, comprising several territories” (Alex Shoumatoff).
- To include; contain: “The word ‘politics’ … comprises, in itself, a difficult study of no inconsiderable magnitude” (Charles Dickens). See Synonyms at include.
- Usage Problem To compose; constitute: “Put together the slaughterhouses, the steel mills, the freight yards … that comprised the city” (Saul Bellow).
Origin: Middle English comprisen, from Old French compris, past participle of comprendre, to include, from Latin comprehendere, comprēndere; see comprehend.
- com·prisˈa·ble adjective