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"composition" in British English

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uk   /ˌkɒm.pəˈzɪʃ.ən/  us   /ˌkɑːm-/

composition noun (MUSIC/ART)

B2 [C] a ​piece of ​music that someone has written: This ​concerto is one of her ​earlier/​later compositions.C2 [U] the ​process or ​skill of writing ​music: At ​musicschool I ​studiedpiano and composition.C2 [C] the way that ​people or things are ​arranged in a ​painting or ​photograph: a ​group composition

composition noun (PIECE OF WRITING)

B1 [C or U] old-fashioned a ​shortpiece of writing about a ​particularsubject, done by a ​student: a 200-word composition

composition noun (FORMED FROM)

C2 [U] the ​parts, ​substances, etc. that something is made of: the composition of the ​atmosphere
(Definition of composition from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"composition" in American English

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 us   /ˌkɑm·pəˈzɪʃ·ən/

composition noun (WRITING)

art, literature, music [C/U] 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 (= ​shortpiece of writing) on ​ourfavorite TV ​programs.

composition noun (MIXTURE)

[U] the ​mixture of things or ​people that are ​combined to ​form something: the composition of the ​atmosphere The composition of the city’s ​population has ​changeddramatically in the past 20 ​years.
(Definition of composition from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"composition" in Business English

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uk   us   /ˌkɒmpəˈzɪʃən/
[U] the way in which the ​parts of something are ​arranged: the composition of sth The ​company said it ​plans to ​change the composition of its ​board of ​directors, ​creating a ​board composed predominantly of ​independentdirectors.
[U] PRODUCTION a ​manufacturedmaterial made of more than one substance: Composition tiles have ​replaced asbestos tiles in ​publicbuildings.
[C, usually singular] LAW an ​agreement in which someone who ​owesmoneypays less than is ​owed, in ​order to ​settle the ​debt more quickly: make a composition with sb If a ​person has at any ​time been made ​bankrupt or has made a composition with ​creditors, he is ​disqualified from being ​appointed as a ​trustee of the ​charity.
(Definition of composition from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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