AskDefine | Define compose

Dictionary Definition



1 form the substance of; "Greed and ambition composed his personality"
2 write music; "Beethoven composed nine symphonies" [syn: write]
3 produce a literary work; "She composed a poem"; "He wrote four novels" [syn: write, pen, indite]
4 put together out of existing material; "compile a list" [syn: compile]
5 calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet; "She had to compose herself before she could reply to this terrible insult"
6 draw up the plans or basic details for; "frame a policy" [syn: frame, draw up]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • kəm-pōz', /kəmˈpəʊz/, /k@m"p@Uz/
  • Rhymes: -əʊz


From composer.


  1. To make something by merging parts.
    The editor composed a historical journal from many individual letters.
    Try to compose your thoughts.
  2. To make up the whole; to constitute.
    A church is composed of its members.
    The members compose the church.
  3. transitive nonstandard To comprise.
  4. To construct by mental labor; to think up; particularly, to produce or create a literary or musical work.
    The orator composed his speech over the week prior.
    Nine numbered symphonies, including the Fifth, were composed by Beethoven.
    It's difficult to compose without absolute silence.
  5. To calm oneself down.
    The defendant couldn't compose herself and was found in contempt.
  6. To arrange the elements of a photograph or other picture.


to make something by merging parts
to make up the whole; to constitute
to comprise
  • Finnish: käsittää, muodostaa
  • German: enthalten, umfasst, einschliessen
to construct by mental labor; to think up
to calm oneself down
to arrange the elements of a picture
  • Finnish: sommitella
  • German: zusammenstellen, bilden



  1. First-person singular indicative present form of composer.
  2. Third-person singular indicative present form of composer.
  3. Second-person singular imperative present form of composer.
  4. First-person singular subjunctive present form of composer.
  5. Third-person singular subjunctive present form of composer.


Verb form


Extensive Definition

Composition can refer to:

See also

  • Early Germanic law, concerning the use of the term composition, or making a payment instead of receiving a punishment. With reference to the modern period, see Ausgleich, also called the Composition of 1867.
  • Compose key, a key on a computer keyboard
compose in Catalan: Composició
compose in German: Komposition
compose in Estonian: Kompositsioon
compose in Spanish: Composición
compose in French: Composition
compose in Hebrew: קומפוזיציה
compose in Dutch: Compositie
compose in Portuguese: Composição
compose in Russian: Композиция
compose in Slovak: Kompozícia
compose in Serbian: Композиција
compose in Finnish: Kompositio
compose in Yiddish: קאמפאזיציע

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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