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English

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Pronunciation

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

Etymology

From Old French composer (to compose, compound, adjust, settle) < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] componere (to put together, compose) < com- (together) + ponere (to put, place)

Verb

Infinitive
to compose

Third person singular
compos

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to compose (third-person singular simple present compos, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To make something by merging parts.
    The editor composed a historical journal from many individual letters.
    Try to compose your thoughts.
  2. (transitive) To make up the whole; to constitute.
    A church is composed of its members.
    The members compose the church.
  3. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To comprise.
  4. (transitive or Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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. (reflexive) 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.

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French

Verb

compose

  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.

Italian

Verb form

compose

  1. third person singular past historic of comporre

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