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English definition of “compose”

compose

verb (FORM)    /kəmˈpəʊz/ US  /-ˈpoʊz/
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 Grammar:Consist, comprise or compose?Consist, comprise and compose are all verbs used to describe what something is ‘made of’. We don’t use them in continuous forms.See more
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