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English definition of “composition”


noun [C/U] (WRITING)   /ˌkɑm·pəˈzɪʃ·ən/
art, literature, music something that a person has created or written, esp . a text , a work of art , or a piece of music , or the act of creating or writing something: [C] a composition for piano and flute [C] In school we had to write a composition (= short piece of writing) on our favorite TV programs .
(Definition of composition noun (WRITING) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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