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compose

[kuh m-pohz] /kəmˈpoʊz/
verb (used with object), composed, composing.
1.
to make or form by combining things, parts, or elements:
He composed his speech from many research notes.
2.
to be or constitute a part or element of:
a rich sauce composed of many ingredients.
3.
to make up or form the basis of:
Style composes the essence of good writing.
4.
to put or dispose in proper form or order:
to compose laws into a coherent system.
5.
Art. to organize the parts or elements of (a picture or the like).
6.
to create (a musical, literary, or choreographic work).
7.
to end or settle (a quarrel, dispute, etc.):
The union and management composed their differences.
8.
to bring (oneself, one's mind, etc.) to a condition of calmness, repose, etc.; calm; quiet.
9.
Printing.
  1. to set (type).
  2. to set type for (an article, book, etc.).
verb (used without object), composed, composing.
10.
to engage in composition, especially musical composition.
11.
to enter into composition; fall into an arrangement:
a scene that composes well.
Origin of compose
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle French composer. See com-, pose1
Related forms
composable, adjective
uncomposable, adjective
Can be confused
compose, comprise (see usage note at comprise)
Synonyms
8. settle, collect.
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  • They write many pretty poems, and compose histories and annals of their own country.

  • It need hardly be said that in any case it was not Handel's practice to compose his works on an organ.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • They compose the story, they represent the human race, and if they fail us we are in sad straits.

    Short Story Writing Charles Raymond Barrett
  • A proof of each of the songs that I compose or amend I shall receive as a favour.

  • Bring her to see me where I lie; and compose my face to greet her.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for compose

compose

/kəmˈpəʊz/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
to put together or make up by combining; put in proper order
2.
to be the component elements of
3.
to produce or create (a musical or literary work)
4.
(intransitive) to write music
5.
to calm (someone, esp oneself); make quiet
6.
to adjust or settle (a quarrel, etc)
7.
to order the elements of (a painting, sculpture, etc); design
8.
(printing) to set up (type)
Word Origin
C15: from Old French composer, from Latin compōnere to put in place; see component
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Word Origin and History for compose
v.

c.1400, compousen, from Old French composer "put together, arrange, write" a work (12c.), from com- "with" (see com-) + poser "to place," from Late Latin pausare "to cease, lay down," ultimately from Latin ponere "to put, place" (see position (n.)). Meaning influenced in Old French by componere (see composite). Musical sense is from 1590s. Related: Composed; composing.

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