Definition of "compose" [com•pose]

  • 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. (verb-transitive)

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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."