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composeverb [T]

 us   /kəmˈpoʊz/

compose verb [T] (CREATE)

to ​produce or ​createmusic, ​poems, or a ​piece of writing: The ​opera was composed in 1931 but wasn’t ​performed until 1940.

compose verb [T] (FORM)

to ​form or make up something: The ​metropolitanarea is composed of New York City and ​parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.
(Definition of compose from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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uk   /kəmˈpəʊz/  us   /-ˈpoʊz/

compose verb (PRODUCE ART)

B2 [I or T] to ​producemusic, ​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.

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 ​youngpeople. [T] to be the ​parts that something is made of: At that ​time, women composed only 1.6 ​percent of the US ​forces.

compose verb (BECOME CALM)

compose yourself to make yourself ​calm again after being ​angry or ​upset: She ​finallystoppedcrying and composed herself.compose your features/thoughts to ​try to make yourself ​look or ​feelcalm 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.

compose verb (ARRANGE TEXT)

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