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"compose" in British English

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composeverb

uk   /kəmˈpəʊz/ us   /kəmˈpoʊz/
  • 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"compose" in American English

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composeverb [T]

us   /kəmˈpoʊz/
  • compose verb [T] (CREATE)

to produce or create music, poems, or a piece of writing: The opera was composed in 1931 but wasn’t performed until 1940.
  • compose verb [T] (FORM)

to form or make up something: The metropolitan area is composed of New York City and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.
(Definition of compose from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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