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compose
used in 1984 by Orwell

3 meanings, 6 uses
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1  —4 uses 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 words of these songs were composed without any human intervention whatever on an instrument known as a versificator.
    p. 138.2
composed = written
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Here were produced rubbishy newspapers containing almost nothing except sport, crime and astrology, sensational five-cent novelettes, films oozing with sex, and sentimental songs which were composed entirely by mechanical means on a special kind of kaleidoscope known as a versificator.
    p. 43.4
  • composed = written
  • She could describe the whole process of composing a novel, from the general directive issued by the Planning Committee down to the final touching-up by the Rewrite Squad.
    p. 130.2
  • composing = writing
  • The new tune which was to be the theme-song of Hate Week (the Hate Song, it was called) had already been composed and was being endlessly plugged on the telescreens.
    p. 148.5
composed = written
There are no more uses of "compose" flagged with this meaning in 1984 by Orwell.

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2  —1 use as in:
composed of many parts
Definition
to create something by arranging parts; or to be those parts
  • It aroused in Winston dim memories of something seen long ago on a wall or a hoarding — a vast bottle composed of electric lights which seemed to move up and down and pour its contents into a glass.
    p. 170.9
composed = made
There are no more uses of "compose" flagged with this meaning in 1984 by Orwell.

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3  —1 use as in:
keep your composure
Definition
to calm someone or settle something
  • He lay back on the bed and tried to compose himself.
    p. 280.4
compose = calm
There are no more uses of "compose" flagged with this meaning in 1984 by Orwell.

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