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compose

verb uk   /kəmˈpəʊz/ us    /-ˈpoʊz/

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.Writing, reading and studying musicWriting and typing

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.Comprising and consisting ofIncluding and containing [T] to be the parts that something is made of: At that time, women composed only 1.6 percent of the US forces.Comprising and consisting ofIncluding and containing

compose verb (BECOME CALM)

compose yourself to make yourself calm again after being angry or upset: She finally stopped crying and composed herself.Calming and relaxing 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.Controlling emotionsCalm and relaxedNot showing or feeling emotions

compose verb (ARRANGE TEXT)

[T] specialized publishing to arrange words, sentences, pages, etc. in preparation for printingPrinting and word processing
(Definition of compose from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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