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English definition of “compose”

compose

verb
 
 
/kəmˈpəʊz/
PARTS [T] B2 to be the parts that something consists of: [often passive] The committee was composed of elected leaders and citizens.Comprising and consisting ofIncluding and containing
MUSIC [I, T] B2 to write a piece of musicWriting and typingWriting, reading and studying music
compose yourself to make yourself calm again after being angry or upset: He needed some time to compose himself.Calming and relaxing
WRITING [T] to write a speech, letter, etc, thinking carefully about the words to use: Laura was composing a letter of sympathy.Writing and typing
(Definition of compose from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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