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compose

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1  —as in:
compose a poem
Definition to write or create something with care — especially music or a literary work, but could be other things as diverse as a plan or a letter
  • The assignment is to compose a poem.
compose = write
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Mozart wrote the composition in four movements.
  • composition = musical work
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ition" often changes a verb into a related noun. This is the same pattern seen in words like addition, partition, and definition.)
  • I use an electronic keyboard to help compose music.
  • compose = write
  • On the reverse side was a handwritten composition: "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" by Turtle Wexler.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • composition = written essay
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ition" often changes a verb into a related noun. This is the same pattern seen in words like addition, partition, and definition.)
  • Maybe he writes up here, composes bad poetry.
    Nicola Yoon  --  Everything, Everything
  • composes = writes
  • I couldn't copy her essays, and I lacked the factual and stylistic know-how to compose my own.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • compose = write
  • I shall compose an Ode.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • compose = write
  • Now I was lucky to get a D on a composition.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • composition = written essay
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ition" often changes a verb into a related noun. This is the same pattern seen in words like addition, partition, and definition.)
  • Mrs. Grace Merriweather had composed an original pageant entitled Maycomb County: Ad Astra Per Aspera, and I was to be a ham.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • composed = written
  • Finally, a letter arrived, composed by Harvey and dictated to a nurse from his hospital bed.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
composed = written

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2  —as in:
composed of many parts
Definition to create something by arranging parts; or to be those parts
  • The United States is composed of 50 states.
composed = made up
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It is a composition of 70% copper and 30% zinc.
  • composition = something made from parts
  • The group is composed of students who live in the same apartment building.
  • composed = made up
  • They ate modestly, meals composed of grains and vegetables and some dairy, and when they were lucky, juiced fruit or a little meat.
    Moshin Hamid  --  Exit West
  • composed = made up
  • Why is our regiment composed entirely of kids like us, no one over the age of eighteen?
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • composed = made up
  • They are one of the new regiments, composed almost entirely of young fellows just called up.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • composed = made up
  • The ACT was composed of four sections: math, English, science and reading.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • composed = made up
  • We were struck with the fact, that in all the mass of material of which the record is composed, there is hardly one authentic document.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • composed = made up
  • Groves are typically composed of trees, rather than, say, Fudgsicles.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • composed = made up
  • They were composed of oddly familiar pieces of ivory.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
composed = made up

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3  —as in:
keep your composure
Definition to calm someone or settle something
  • After I regained my composure, I thanked her for telling me about the problem.
composure = calm state of mind
(editor's note:  The suffix "-ure" sometimes converts a verb that ends in an "s" sound to a related noun. This pattern is seen is words like pleasure, pressure, and exposure.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I took a deep breath to compose myself and then began my speech.
  • compose = calm
  • She is admired for maintaining her composure under even the worse of circumstances.
  • composure = calm state of mind
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ure" sometimes converts a verb that ends in an "s" sound to a related noun. This pattern is seen is words like pleasure, pressure, and exposure.)
  • During all this time he was evidently struggling for composure.
    Austen, Jane  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ure" sometimes converts a verb that ends in an "s" sound to a related noun. This pattern is seen is words like pleasure, pressure, and exposure.)
  • The steady composure of the one woman seemed to madden the other.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  The New Magdalen
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-ure" sometimes converts a verb that ends in an "s" sound to a related noun. This pattern is seen is words like pleasure, pressure, and exposure.)
  • When she pulled up at her parents' house, she had to compose herself before she walked in.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • compose = calm
  • He lay back on the bed and tried to compose himself.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • compose = calm
  • Rosa was still in shock, but she composed herself.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • composed = calmed or settled
  • I kept myself composed enough that no one saw the storm raging inside—a miracle in and of itself.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • composed = calm or settled
  • His face twisted and strained to stay composed.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
composed = calm

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Less commonly:
Specialized senses of compose include typesetting (preparing text for printing). There are many specialized senses of composition where context tells what something is made up from. Finally, in classic literature, compose may have been used to indicate settling a dispute.
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