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compose
used in All Quiet on the Western Front

2 meanings, 4 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
composed of many parts
Definition
to create something by arranging parts; or to be those parts
  • They are one of the new regiments, composed almost entirely of young fellows just called up.
    Chapter 6 (81% in)
composed = made up
  • Looked at so closely one sees the fine sand is composed of millions of the tiniest pebbles, as clear as if they had been made in a laboratory.
    Chapter 8 (8% in)
composed = made up
There are no more uses of "compose" flagged with this meaning in All Quiet on the Western Front.

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2  —2 uses as in:
keep your composure
Definition
to calm someone or settle something
  • Before my mother's tremulous anxiety I recover my composure.
    Chapter 7 (51% in)
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.)
  • Kemmerich felt embarrassed, for she was the least composed of all; she simply dissolved into fat and water.
    Chapter 1 (81% in)
composed = calm
There are no more uses of "compose" flagged with this meaning in All Quiet on the Western Front.

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