Definition of “compose” - English Dictionary

“compose” in English

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uk /kəmˈpəʊz/ us /kəmˈpoʊz/

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.

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.

[ 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 finally stopped crying and composed herself.
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.

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

“compose” in American English

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composeverb [ T ]

us /kəmˈpoʊz/

compose verb [ T ] (CREATE)

to produce or create music, 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 metropolitan area 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)