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"composition" in British English

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compositionnoun

uk   /ˌkɒm.pəˈzɪʃ.ən/ us   /ˌkɑːm.pəˈzɪʃ.ən/
  • 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 music school I studied piano 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 short piece of writing about a particular subject, done by a student: a 200-word composition
(Definition of composition from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"composition" in American English

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compositionnoun

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 (= short piece of writing) on our favorite 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 changed dramatically 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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compositionnoun

uk   /ˌkɒmpəˈzɪʃən/ us  
[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 independent directors.
[U] PRODUCTION a manufactured material made of more than one substance: Composition tiles have replaced asbestos tiles in public buildings.
[C, usually singular] LAW an agreement in which someone who owes money pays 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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