Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “compose”

See all translations

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)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “compose” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

guru

a religious leader or teacher in the Hindu or Sikh religion

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More