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compose

verb uk   /kəmˈpəʊz/ us    /-ˈpoʊz/

compose verb (PRODUCE ART)

B2 [I or T] to produce music, poetry, or formal writing: Prokofiev started composing at the age of five. The music was specially composed for the film. a piece of music composed for the flute He composed this poem for his wife.formal My lawyer is going to compose a letter of complaint.

compose verb (FORM)

be composed of sth B2 to be formed from various things: Air is composed mainly of nitrogen and oxygen. The committee is composed of MPs, doctors, academics and members of the public. The audience was composed largely of young people. [T] to be the parts that something is made of: At that time, women composed only 1.6 percent of the US forces.

compose verb (BECOME CALM)

compose yourself to make yourself calm again after being angry or upset: She finally stopped crying and composed herself. compose your features/thoughts to try to make yourself look or feel calm after being angry or upset: I tried to compose my features into a smile. He took a minute or two to compose his thoughts before he replied.

compose verb (ARRANGE TEXT)

[T] specialized publishing to arrange words, sentences, pages, etc. in preparation for printing
(Definition of compose from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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