compose

compose
[[t]kəmpo͟ʊz[/t]]
composes, composing, composed
1) VERB The things that something is composed of are its parts or members. The separate things that compose something are the parts or members that form it.

[be V-ed of n] The force would be composed of troops from NATO countries...

[V n] Protein molecules compose all the complex working parts of living cells...

[V-ed] They agreed to form a council composed of leaders of the rival factions.

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2) VERB When someone composes a piece of music, they write it.

[V n] Vivaldi composed a large number of very fine concertos...

Cale also uses electronic keyboards to compose.

3) VERB If you compose something such as a letter, poem, or speech, you write it, often using a lot of concentration or skill. [FORMAL]

[V n] He started at once to compose a reply to Anna...

[V-ed] The document composed in Philadelphia transformed the confederation of sovereign states into a national government.

4) VERB If you compose a picture or image, you arrange it in an attractive and artistic way. [TECHNICAL]

[V n] Anthony dismounted with his camera and walked away from the walls to compose a shot...

[V-ed] The drawing is beautifully composed.

5) VERB If you compose yourself or if you compose your features, you succeed in becoming calm after you have been angry, excited, or upset.

[V pron-refl] She quickly composed herself as the car started off...

[V n] Then he composed his features, took Godwin's hand awkwardly and began to usher him from the office.


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  • composé — composé, ée 1. (kon pô zé, zée) part. passé. 1°   Qui est formé de plusieurs parties. La nature ne nous offre guère que des corps composés. L organisation des animaux est la plus parfaite et la plus composée. •   Ainsi de toute femme.... Soit… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • composé — Composé, [compos]ée. part. Il a les significations de son verbe. On dit, qu Un mot est compose, pour dire, qu Il est formé de deux ou plusieurs mots joints ensemble. Ainsi Passetemps, entreprendre, justaucorps sont des mots composez. On dit, qu… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Compose — Com*pose (k[o^]m*p[=o]z ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Composed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Composing}.] [F. composer; com + poser to place. The sense is that of L. componere, but the origin is different. See {Pose}, v. t.] 1. To form by putting together two or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • composé — COMPOSÉ. s. m. Un tout formé de plusieurs choses ou de plusieurs parties. L homme considéré physiquement, est un composé de corps et d âme. Le corps humain est un composé de différentes parties. Le Gouvernement d Angleterre est un composé de… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • compose — [v1] be part of construction be an adjunct, be an element of, belong to, be made of, build, compound, comprise, consist of, constitute, construct, enter in, fashion, form, go into, make, make up, merge in; concepts 168,642 Ant. destroy,… …   New thesaurus

  • compose — [kəm pōz′] vt. composed, composing [ME composen < OFr composer < com , with + poser, to place; meaning infl. by L componere: see COMPOSITE] 1. to form in combination; make up; constitute [mortar is composed of lime, sand, and water] 2. to… …   English World dictionary

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  • Composé — (franz., spr. kong , ital. composto), zusammengesetzt; komponiert (von Musikstücken) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • compose — I verb accomplish, achieve, actualize, arrange, author, be responsible, be the agent, be the cause of, be the reason, bring about, bring into being, bring into effect, bring into existence, build, call into being, call into existence, carry into… …   Law dictionary

  • compose — англ. [кэмпо/уз] composer фр. [композэ/] сочинять ◊ composer англ. [кэмпо/узэ] compositeur фр. [композитэр] compositore ит. [композито/рэ] …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

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