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Third person singular
- To be made up of; to consist of.
- The whole comprises the parts.
- The parts are comprised by the whole.
- To include, to contain.
- This box comprises all my belongings.
- (informal, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To compose. See usage note below.
- A team is comprised of its members.
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.
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