Definition of Compose

1. Verb. Form the substance of. "Greed and ambition composed his personality"

Generic synonyms: Be, Comprise, Constitute, Make Up, Represent
Derivative terms: Component

2. Verb. Write music. "Did he compose his major works over a short period of time?"; "Beethoven composed nine symphonies"
Exact synonyms: Write
Category relationships: Music
Generic synonyms: Create, Make
Specialized synonyms: Counterpoint, Set To Music, Arrange, Set, Score, Melodise, Melodize, Harmonise, Harmonize, Instrument, Instrumentate
Derivative terms: Composer, Composing, Composition, Composition

3. Verb. Produce a literary work. "Sam and Sue compose the movie "; "He wrote four novels"

4. Verb. Put together out of existing material. "Compile a list"
Exact synonyms: Compile
Specialized synonyms: Cobble Together, Cobble Up, Anthologise, Anthologize, Catalog, Catalogue
Generic synonyms: Make
Derivative terms: Compilation, Compilation, Compiler, Compiling, Compositor

5. Verb. Calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet. "She had to compose herself before she could reply to this terrible insult"
Generic synonyms: Calm, Calm Down, Lull, Quiet, Quieten, Still, Tranquilize, Tranquillise, Tranquillize
Derivative terms: Composure

6. Verb. Make up plans or basic details for. "Frame a policy"
Exact synonyms: Draw Up, Frame
Generic synonyms: Plan
Derivative terms: Framer, Framing

Definition of Compose

1. v. t. To form by putting together two or more things or parts; to put together; to make up; to fashion.

2. v. i. To come to terms.

Definition of Compose

1. Verb. (transitive) To make something by merging parts. (defdate from later 15th c.) ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To make up the whole; to constitute. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive nonstandard) To comprise. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive or intransitive) To construct by mental labor; to think up; particularly, to produce or create a literary or musical work. ¹

5. Verb. (reflexive) To calm oneself down. ¹

6. Verb. To arrange the elements of a photograph or other picture. ¹

7. Verb. To settle (an argument, dispute etc.); to come to a settlement. ¹

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Definition of Compose

1. to form the substance of [v -POSED, -POSING, -POSES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Compose

compos mentis
compos mentis(p)
compose (current term)
composing stick
composite board insulation
composite bow
composite built

Literary usage of Compose

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Federal and State Constitutions: Colonial Charters, and Other Organic by Francis N. Thorpe, United States (1909)
"The parish of Avoyelles shall compose the fourteenth district. ... The parish of St. Landry shall compose the sixteenth district. The parishes of Acadia and ..."

2. Journal by New York (State). Legislature. Senate, New Jersey, Legislature, Idaho Legislature. Senate (1862)
"The first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth wards of the city and county of New York, and Governor's Island, shall compose the fourth district ..."

3. Annual Report by Cincinnati (Ohio), Cincinnati Public Schools, Cincinnati (Ohio). Board of Education, Board of Education (1833)
"... shall compose the Third School district, and so much of the 3d ward as lies west of Butler street, shall compose tho Fourth School District; ..."

4. The Complete Works of Gustave Flaubert: Embracing Romances, Travels by Gustave Flaubert, Ferdinand Brunetière (1904)
"Frederick followed him to his correspondence- office in the Place de la Bourse; and he began to compose for the Troyes newspaper an account of recent events ..."

5. The Church History of Britain, from the Birth of Jesus Christ Until the Year by Thomas Fuller, James Nichols (1842)
"A Council is called to compose this Controversy. AD 663. To compose this controversy, if possible, a council was called at ..."

6. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes by Robert Burton (1836)
"... if thou canst possibly, compose thy self with patience to bear it. This is the safest course ; and thou shall find greatest ease to be quiet. ..."

7. Nature by Norman Lockyer, Nature Publishing Group (1875)
"This undulatory motion of the fin is produced by the lateral movement, in a given constant order, of the spines which go to compose it ; the movement being ..."

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