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Etymology

From Old French compris (past participle of comprendre).

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to comprise

Third person singular
compris

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to comprise (third-person singular simple present compris, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To be made up of; to consist of.
    The whole comprises the parts.
    The parts are comprised by the whole.
  2. To include, to contain.
    This box comprises all my belongings.
  3. (informal, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To compose. See usage note below.
    A team is comprised of its members.

Usage notes

The most recent usage above, whereby the passive form effectively means “the members comprise the team”, is informal and traditionally considered incorrect. It is an increasingly accepted usage according to the American Heritage Dictionary. However strictly speaking, a team comprises its members, whereas the members compose the team. There is no need to use comprise in place of compose. With regard to journalistic writing, the Associated Press Stylebook does not allow for such a substitution.

Translations


French

Verb

comprise f.

  1. Feminine past participle of comprendre.

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