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comprise

[kuh m-prahyz] /kəmˈpraɪz/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English comprisen < Middle French compris (past participle of comprendre) < Latin comprehēnsus; see comprehension
Related forms
comprisable, adjective
comprisal, noun
Can be confused
compose, comprise (see usage note at the current entry)
Synonyms
1. See include.
Usage note
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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British Dictionary definitions for comprisal

comprise

/kəmˈpraɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to include; contain
2.
to constitute the whole of; consist of: her singing comprised the entertainment
Derived Forms
comprisable, adjective
comprisal, noun
Usage note
The use of of after comprise should be avoided: the library comprises (not comprises of) 500 000 books and manuscripts
Word Origin
C15: from French compris included, understood, from comprendre to comprehend
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Word Origin and History for comprisal

comprise

v.

early 15c., "to include," from Old French compris, past participle of comprendre "to contain, comprise" (12c.), from Latin comprehendere (see comprehend). Related: Comprised; comprising.

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