Definition of "compose" [com•pose]

  • (verb-transitive) To make up the constituent parts of; constitute or form: an exhibit composed of French paintings; the many ethnic groups that compose our nation. See Usage Note at comprise.
  • (verb-transitive) To make or create by putting together parts or elements.
  • (verb-transitive) To create or produce (a literary or musical piece).
  • (verb-transitive) To make (oneself) calm or tranquil: Compose yourself and deal with the problems logically.
  • (verb-transitive) To settle or adjust; reconcile: They managed to compose their differences.

Use "compose" in a sentence

  • "Richter later spent some time in America, where, among other things, he collaborated with Jean Cocteau on the late surrealist romp 8x8: A Chess Sonata (portions of which are also online — check out this sequence featuring Paul Bowles awakening to compose from a slowly draining swimming pool.) posted by Matthew @ 10: 00 AM"
  • "But now the reality they do compose is not in some world over against the author but in the author's own articulated processes of sensation."
  • "When the paroxysms had passed I would again compose a few bars until the pain overwhelmed me again."

Words like "compose"

SUBSCRIBE TO WORD OF THE DAY