Definitions of compose

  1. put together out of existing material; " compile a list"
  2. form the substance of; " Greed and ambition composed his personality"
  3. draw up the plans or basic details for; " frame a policy"
  4. produce a literary work; " She composed a poem"; " He wrote four novels"
  5. write music; " Beethoven composed nine symphonies"
  6. calm ( someone, esp. oneself); make quiet; " She had to compose herself before she could reply to this terrible insult"
  7. calm ( someone, especially oneself); make quiet; " She had to compose herself before she could reply to this terrible insult"
  8. To form by putting together two or more things or parts; to put together; to make up; to fashion.
  9. To form the substance of, or part of the substance of; to constitute.
  10. To construct by mental labor; to design and execute, or put together, in a manner involving the adaptation of forms of expression to ideas, or to the laws of harmony or proportion; as, to compose a sentence, a sermon, a symphony, or a picture.
  11. To dispose in proper form; to reduce to order; to put in proper state or condition; to adjust; to regulate.
  12. To free from agitation or disturbance; to tranquilize; to soothe; to calm; to quiet.
  13. To form by combination; to write, as an author; to make up; to calm; adjust; arrange in proper order; to set ( type); put together.
  14. To engage in composition, as of musical or literary work.
  15. Composer.
  16. To form by putting two or more parts or things together: to place in order: to set at rest: to soothe: to place types in order for printing: to originate or become the author of, as a book.
  17. To form by putting together; place types in order for printing; originate, as an author; calm; soothe.
  18. To Make up of parts; construct; form; constitute.
  19. To tranquilize; calm; reconcile; arrange; settle.
  20. To engage in composition.
  21. To form, by putting two or more things or parts together; to form by combination; to arrange and put together, as authors, a piece of literature or music; to calm; to quiet; to settle; to adjust; to settle into a quiet state; to set types in order for printing.
  22. To practise composition.
  23. To form one entire body or thing by joining together several individuals, things, or parts; to write as an author; to calm; to quiet; to place or dispose in proper form; to set up types; to form a piece of music.

Usage examples for compose

  1. One evening Mrs. Hamilton seemed more than usually restless, and requested her daughters to leave her, that she might compose herself to sleep. – Homestead on the Hillside by Mary Jane Holmes
  2. So home and wrote a letter to Commissioner Pett to Chatham by all means to compose the business between Major Holmes and Cooper his master, and so to bed. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  3. I do not know that General Branch is present with his brigade, but I do know that the troops at Hanover compose Branch's brigade. – Who Goes There? by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  4. In the particular instance of which I have given you a relation, Mircalla seemed to be limited to a name which, if not her real one, should at least reproduce, without the omission or addition of a single letter, those, as we say, anagrammatically, which compose it. – In a Glass Darkly, v. 3/3 by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  5. " Compose yourself, Arthur," said Father Benwell, smiling pleasantly. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  6. It need hardly be said that in any case it was not Handel's practice to compose his works on an organ. – Handel by Edward J. Dent
  7. The Rabbins rightly ascribed the composition of the historical as well as the other books which compose, according to their division, the Prophets, to prophetical men. – Companion to the Bible by E. P. Barrows
  8. Horace tried to compose her. – The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
  9. " Come, compose yourself, I will not betray you," said Hafner, while Alba, taking advantage of having risen, left the group. – Cosmopolis, Complete by Paul Bourget Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  10. Will you go in there and compose yourself before going upstairs? – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon
  11. Compose yourself, Joe, and tell me what you are doing here at this time of the morning. – Cruel As The Grave by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  12. Silence settled around the house and Wilmot tried to compose himself to sleep. – Tempest and Sunshine by Mary J. Holmes
  13. " Compose yourself," replied Antonio. – Weird Tales. Vol. I by E. T. A. Hoffmann
  14. In this situation he has decorated the king's palaces, chapels and churches with most of those great pictures from the English history and from the Old and New Testament, which compose so considerable a portion of his works. – The Columbiad by Joel Barlow
  15. But, after his brothers Heorogar and Halga were dead, Hrothgar, left alone, and fearing vengeance in his turn, strove to compose the feud by wedding his daughter Freawaru to Ingeld, the son of Froda. – Beowulf An Introduction to the Study of the Poem with a Discussion of the Stories of Offa and Finn by R. W. Chambers
  16. If you pitch upon it as the subject of your next discourse, they may, perhaps, furnish you with a few hints, and enable you to compose with the greater facility and despatch. – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  17. Yes; but what should I do if she took it into her head to compose some new stanzas for me? – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  18. In that moment she had time to compose herself. – Other Things Being Equal by Emma Wolf
  19. We must arrange or compose them, just as we arrange furniture in a room. – Text Books of Art Education, Book IV (of 7) by Hugo B. Froehlich Bonnie E. Snow
  20. As you sing and play and compose, you have plenty of variety to keep you going. – The Daughters of a Genius by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey