A nation comprised of thirteen states.
A nation comprising thirteen states.
The 50 states that make up the U.S. are an example of the states that comprise the U.S.
The countries and territories that comprised the British Empire.
The whole comprises the parts.
The parts are comprised by the whole. However, the passive voice of comprise must be employed carefully to make sense. Phrases such as "animals and cages are comprised by zoos" or "pitchers, catchers, and fielders are comprised by baseball teams" highlight the difficulty.
The staff comprises eight physicians, two dozen nurses, and various administrative people.
Origin of comprise
- Middle English comprisen from Old French compris past participle of comprendre to include from Latin comprehendere, comprēndere comprehend
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition