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Definitions of compose

  1. To practise composition. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To form by combination; to write, as an author; to make up; to calm; adjust; arrange in proper order; to set (type); put together. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To form by putting together; place types in order for printing; originate, as an author; calm; soothe. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To Make up of parts; construct; form; constitute. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. To tranquilize; calm; reconcile; arrange; settle. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. To engage in composition, as of musical or literary work. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. form the substance of; "Greed and ambition composed his personality" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. draw up the plans or basic details for; "frame a policy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. write music; "Beethoven composed nine symphonies" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. calm (someone, esp. oneself); make quiet; "She had to compose herself before she could reply to this terrible insult" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet; "She had to compose herself before she could reply to this terrible insult" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. To form by putting together two or more things or parts; to put together; to make up; to fashion. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. To form the substance of, or part of the substance of; to constitute. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. To dispose in proper form; to reduce to order; to put in proper state or condition; to adjust; to regulate. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. To free from agitation or disturbance; to tranquilize; to soothe; to calm; to quiet. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. To engage in composition. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. 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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. Composer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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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
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