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Definition of compose verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    compose

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kəmˈpəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpoʊz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they compose
    BrE BrE//kəmˈpəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpoʊz//
     
    he / she / it composes
    BrE BrE//kəmˈpəʊzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpoʊzɪz//
     
    past simple composed
    BrE BrE//kəmˈpəʊzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpoʊzd//
     
    past participle composed
    BrE BrE//kəmˈpəʊzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpoʊzd//
     
    -ing form composing
    BrE BrE//kəmˈpəʊzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpoʊzɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[transitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) compose something (formal) to combine together to form a whole synonym make somethingup Ten men compose the committee. see also composed
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] compose (something) to write music Mozart composed his last opera shortly before he died. music specially composed for the occasion
  3. 3[transitive] compose a letter/speech/poem to write a letter, etc. usually with a lot of care and thought She composed a letter of protest. Wordfinderaddress, attachment, compose, draft, email, emoticon, forward, inbox, message, re See related entries: Writing and publishing, Email
  4. 4[transitive, no passive] (formal) to manage to control your feelings or expression compose yourself Emma frowned, making an effort to compose herself. compose something I was so confused that I could hardly compose my thoughts. see also composure
  5. Word Origin late Middle English (in the general sense ‘put together, construct’): from Old French composer, from Latin componere, from com- ‘together’ + ponere ‘put’, but influenced by Latin compositus ‘composed’ and Old French poser ‘to place’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: compose