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compose

com·pose

compose

 
 
pronunciation:
km poz
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: composed, composes, composing
definition 1: to form or shape into a whole.
The director composed the choir of the best singers from each of the churches.The chef composed the salad of grapefruit wedges, avocado slices, and fresh greens.
synonyms:
constitute, forge, form, make up
similar words:
build, combine, fabricate, fashion, make, manufacture, mold, shape, synthesize, unite, weave
definition 2: to be the parts or elements of; make up.
These twenty people compose the class.
synonyms:
constitute, form
similar words:
make up
definition 3: to create (music or written works).
Beethoven composed nine complete symphonies.I need some time to compose my speech for tomorrow.She's composing a letter of complaint to the school board.
synonyms:
author, create, originate, write
similar words:
arrange, devise, fashion, improvise, make, pen, produce
definition 4: to bring or return (oneself) to a state of calm or readiness.
The violinist was nervous but composed himself before making his entrance.You must stop crying now and compose yourself.
synonyms:
collect
antonyms:
abandon
definition 5: to bring to a state of stillness or quiet.
The master of ceremonies did his best to compose the hysterical crowd.
synonyms:
calm, pacify, quiet, still
antonyms:
agitate, discompose, rile, rouse, stir
similar words:
collect, ease, mollify, placate, relax, soothe, tame
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to create music or written works.
I need silence while I'm composing.
synonyms:
create, write
similar words:
conceive, imagine, improvise, produce
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The word compose contains the following part:
com- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix com- attaches to Latin bases beginning with m, p, or b. It has multiple forms, as the m' sound in com- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms col-, con-, cor-, and co-. Note: com- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "commemorate " and "command ."
synonyms:
syn-