Meaning of “comprise” in the English Dictionary

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"comprise" in British English

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compriseverb [ T, L only + noun, not continuous ]

uk /kəmˈpraɪz/ us /kəmˈpraɪz/ formal

C1 to have as parts or members, or to be those parts or members:

The course comprises a class book, a practice book, and a CD.
The class is comprised mainly of Italian and French students.
Italian students comprise 60 percent of the class.

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  • The accommodation comprises six bedrooms and three living rooms.
  • His supporters are comprised mainly of evangelical Christians.
  • Our staff comprises many nationalities.

(Definition of “comprise” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"comprise" in American English

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compriseverb [ L ]

us /kəmˈprɑɪz/

to consist of or to be made up of:

The Pacific Rim comprises countries bordering the Pacific, including the US, Canada, Japan, China, and the Koreas.
The ninth district is comprised of (= consists of) 15 cities and towns, including Boston.

(Definition of “comprise” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"comprise" in Business English

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compriseverb [ T ]

uk /kəmˈpraɪz/ us

to have as parts or members, or to be those parts or members:

Teams are created to work on one specific project, and are comprised of people who have very different skills.
Manufacturing comprises 14% of the state's economy.

(Definition of “comprise” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)