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compose
used in 1776

4 uses
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1  —1 use 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
  • His favorite composer was Handel, but he adored also the music of Bach and in 1764 had taken tremendous delight in hearing the boy Mozart perform on the organ.
    p. 5.4

There are no more uses of "compose" flagged with this meaning in 1776.

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exact meaning not specified
  • A deportment so firm, so dignified, but yet so modest and composed, I have never seen in any other person.
    p. 247.9
  • I doubt not America will always find enough of her sons ready to flock to her standard, and support her freedom; but experience proves that experienced soldiers are more capable of performing the duties of the camp, and better qualified to face the enemy, than others; and therefore every friend of America will be desirous that most of the gentlemen who compose the present army may continue in the service of their country until "Liberty, Peace, and Safety" are established.
    p. 63.0
  • The proud Maryland battalion commanded by General William Smallwood was composed of "men of honor, family, and fortune," and, if anything, they were even better armed and more dazzling in scarlet coats lined with buff.
    p. 149.7

There are no more uses of "compose" in 1776.

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