comprise

[kuhm-prahyz]
verb (used with object), comprised, comprising.
1.
to include or contain: The Soviet Union comprised several socialist republics.
2.
to consist of; be composed of: The advisory board comprises six members.
3.
to form or constitute: Seminars and lectures comprised the day's activities.
Idioms
4.
be comprised of, to consist of; be composed of: The sales network is comprised of independent outlets and chain stores.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English comprisen < Middle French compris (past participle of comprendre) < Latin comprehēnsus; see comprehension

comprisable, adjective
comprisal, noun

compose, comprise (see usage note at the current entry).


1. See include.


Comprise has had an interesting history of sense development. In addition to its original senses, dating from the 15th century, “to include” and “to consist of” (The United States of America comprises 50 states), comprise has had since the late 18th century the meaning “to form or constitute” (Fifty states comprise the United States of America). Since the late 19th century it has also been used in passive constructions with a sense synonymous with that of one of its original meanings “to consist of, be composed of”: The United States of America is comprised of 50 states. These later uses are often criticized, but they occur with increasing frequency even in formal speech and writing.
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comprise (kəmˈpraɪz)
 
vb
1.  to include; contain
2.  to constitute the whole of; consist of: her singing comprised the entertainment
 
[C15: from French compris included, understood, from comprendre to comprehend]
 
usage  The use of of after comprise should be avoided: the library comprises (not comprises of) 500 000 books and manuscripts
 
com'prisable
 
adj
 
com'prisal
 
n

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comprise
1423, from O.Fr. compris, pp. of comprendre "to contain, comprise," from L. comprehendere (see comprehend).
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Example sentences
Games comprise either one or two innings, and can last five full days or be as
  short as a few hours.
The researchers comprise two distinct disciplines, with widely divergent
  interests and approaches.
Teaching load will normally comprise six courses annually with the possibility
  of summer teaching, if desired.
The heavy metals and other toxic compounds which comprise these objects end up
  in waterways.
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