verb (used with object), composed, composing.
to make or form by combining things, parts, or elements: He composed his speech from many research notes.
to be or constitute a part or element of: a rich sauce composed of many ingredients.
to make up or form the basis of: Style composes the essence of good writing.
to put or dispose in proper form or order: to compose laws into a coherent system.
Art. to organize the parts or elements of (a picture or the like).
to create (a musical, literary, or choreographic work).
to end or settle (a quarrel, dispute, etc.): The union and management composed their differences.
to bring (oneself, one's mind, etc.) to a condition of calmness, repose, etc.; calm; quiet.
to set (type).
to set type for (an article, book, etc.).
verb (used without object), composed, composing.
to engage in composition, especially musical composition.
to enter into composition; fall into an arrangement: a scene that composes well.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French composer. See com-, pose1

composable, adjective
uncomposable, adjective

compose, comprise (see usage note at comprise).

8. settle, collect. Unabridged
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compose (kəmˈpəʊz)
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.  (intr) 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)
[C15: from Old French composer, from Latin compōnere to put in place; see component]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., from O.Fr. composer "put together, arrange" (12c.), from com- "with" + poser "to place," from L.L. pausare "to cease, lay down," ultimately from L. ponere "to put, place" (see position). Meaning infl. in O.Fr. by componere (see composite). Musical sense is from 1590s.
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Example sentences
With the tips in mind, take a stab at composing your own cover letter.
The photographer used the sweep of the dune to frame the plant and applied the
  rule of thirds in composing the landscape.
Keeping the horizon line-and overall scene-straight is an important rule of
  photography when composing for almost any landscape.
To this end, he invented a machine for composing map type photographically that
  ultimately improved overall type legibility.
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