- 1Write or create (a work of art, especially music or poetry): he composed the First Violin Sonata four years earlierMore example sentences
- He also composed music, wrote poetry, had at least two books published and was a very accomplished artist.
- Brahms had all but given up before tonight's works were composed, having written his will in 1891 and gone into a self-imposed retirement.
- Next is a video journal of Crowe's preparations for the role, set to music largely composed by him.
- 1.1Write or phrase (a letter or piece of writing) with care and thought: the first sentence is so hard to composeMore example sentences
- Your elderly letter writers who have a hard time composing a good letter are just out of luck unless they have an angel, eh?
- There is a splendid tale of the latter, his pen dripping in irony and vitriol, composing a letter to the United board congratulating them on their ground improvements in the aftermath of his own promises to build a new stadium.
- She has already raised £6,500 for the home by composing an appeal letter seeking donations for the hospice at Oxenhope.
- 1.2Form (a whole) by ordering or arranging the parts, especially in an artistic way: compose and draw a still lifeMore example sentences
organize, arrange, set out
- Phillips first composes his arrangements using design software, then executes them in oils on rectangular canvases and circular panels.
- She uses decoration deliberately, as a contextual strategy and artistic choice to compose her pictorial space.
- The Chinese artists rather compose the final design from several blocks.
- 2(Of elements) constitute or make up (a whole): the system is composed of a group of machinesMore example sentences
- In essence, what I found was that guerrilla warfare is composed of three elements.
- Mineral crystal is glass, which is composed of several elements that aid in resisting scratches (it is seven times harder than acrylic crystal).
- The driver's figure is composed of relatively few elements and, perched on a buckboard, seems diminutive in comparison to the neighboring group.
- 3Calm or settle (oneself or one’s features or thoughts): she tried to compose herselfMore example sentences
- He had recovered from his scare but the walking hadn't helped his struggle to compose himself.
- I wipe the tears from my eyes and struggle to compose myself.
- Even as he watched, she wiped a tear from her cheek, and visibly struggled to compose herself.
- 4Prepare (a text) for printing by manually, mechanically, or electronically setting up the letters and other characters in the order to be printed.More example sentences
- He built an electronic printing system that would allow business customers to compose documents on an online template.
- Once pages were composed, therefore, there was very little time for proof-correction before they had to be printed off and the types reused.
late Middle English (in the general sense 'put together, construct'): from Old French composer, from Latin componere (see component), but influenced by Latin compositus 'composed' and Old French poser 'to place'.