Comprise meaning

kəm-prīz'
To include; contain.
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To make up; form; constitute.

A nation comprised of thirteen states.

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To consist of; be composed of.

A nation comprising thirteen states.

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The definition of comprise means to contain.

The 50 states that make up the U.S. are an example of the states that comprise the U.S.

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To compose; make up; constitute.

The countries and territories that comprised the British Empire.

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To be made up of; to consist of (especially a comprehensive list of parts). [from earlier 15th c.]

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.

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To include, contain or embrace. [from earlier 15th c.]

Our committee comprises a president, secretary, treasurer and five other members.

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(informal, considered incorrect, usually in passive) To compose, to constitute. See usage note below.

A team is comprised of its members.

The members comprise the team.

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(patents) To include, contain or embrace, but not implying an exhaustive list.
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To be composed of or contain.

The staff comprises eight physicians, two dozen nurses, and various administrative people.

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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
  • From Old French compris, past participle of comprendre, from Latin comprehendere, contr. comprendere, past participle comprehensus (“to comprehend”); see comprehend. Compare apprise, reprise, surprise.
    From Wiktionary