verb (composed; composing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French composer, from Latin componere (perfect indicative composui) — more at compound Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. to form by putting together ; fashion <
a committee composed of three representatives — Current Biography
b. to form the substance of ; constitute <
composed of many ingredients
c. to produce (as columns or pages of type) by composition 2. a. to create by mental or artistic labor ; produce <
compose a sonnet
b. (1) to formulate and write (a piece of music) (2) to compose music for 3. to deal with or act on so as to reduce to a minimum <
compose their differences
4. to arrange in proper or orderly form 5. to free from agitation ; calm, settle <
composed himself
intransitive verb to practice composition

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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