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  1. com·pose
    IPA[kəmˈpōz]
  2. verb

    • 1. write or create (a work of art, especially music or poetry):

      he composed the First Violin Sonata four years earlier
    • 2. write or phrase (a letter or piece of writing) with care and thought:

      the first sentence is so hard to compose
    • 3. form (a whole) by ordering or arranging the parts, especially in an artistic way:

      compose and draw a still life
      Synonym : design, arrange, plan, organize, work out, frame, balance, order, map out, construct, put together, shape, form, concoct
    • 4. order or arrange (parts) to form a whole, especially in an artistic way:

      make an attempt to compose your images
    • 5. (of elements) constitute or make up (a whole):

      the system is composed of a group of machines
      Synonym : make up, constitute, form, comprise
    • 6. be (a specified number or amount) of a whole:

      women compose 49 percent of that group
    • 7. calm or settle (oneself or one's features or thoughts):

      she tried to compose herself
    • 8. settle (a dispute):

      the king, with some difficulty, composed this difference
    • 9. prepare (a text) for printing by manually, mechanically, or electronically setting up the letters and other characters in the order to be printed:

      in offices where close-set text was composed both men and women pieceworkers were normally employed
    • 10. set up (letters and characters) of a text in preparation for printing.

  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: compose, 3rd person present: composes, gerund or present participle: composing, past tense: composed, past participle: composed

    • verb

      write or create (a work of art, especially music or poetry):

      phrase (a letter or piece of writing) with great care and thought:

    • adjective

      having one's feelings and expression under control; calm:
    • adjective

      having one's feelings and expression under control; calm:
    • adjective

      (of a composition, especially a song) not based on repeated sections or verses, especially having different music for each verse.
    • adjective

      another term for durchkomponiert
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