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com·pose

compose

 
 
pronunciation:
km poz
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
compose a number, compose a ten
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: composes, composing, composed
definition 1: to form or combine 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 make up the parts or elements of.
These twenty people compose the class.Coal is composed of organic materials.
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, prepare, 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
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (v.)compose beautifully, carefully, newly, originally, overwhelmingly
(v.)compose + adverb entirely, exclusively, largely, mainly, mostly, predominantly, primarily, principally, solely, wholly
(v.)compose + nounHelp atom, carbon, composition, dioxide, ecosystem, element, entity, essay, fragment, haiku, hydrogen, hymn, improvise, item, layer, letter, lyric, melody, mineral, music, narrative, nitrogen, opera, painting, paragraph, particle, piano, piece, poem, poetry, representative, rhythm, score, sentence, sequence, song, symphony, text, theme, tune, variation, verse  [See all][See only the most frequent]
phrase: compose a number
phrase: compose a ten
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Word Parts  About this feature
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-