- 1Consist of; be made up of: the country comprises twenty statesMore example sentences
- The new board will comprise twelve members, including four worker directors.
- The trust was to comprise five people including his chartered accountant.
- The remainder of the unit comprises warehouse accommodation and includes a roller shutter door.
- 1.1Make up; constitute: this single breed comprises 50 percent of the Swiss cattle population (be comprised of) documents are comprised of wordsMore example sentences
- They can even claim the finished item to be so different it comprises a whole new record.
- This was because the missed cases were not typical of the cohort as a whole but comprised a subset with a lower life expectancy.
- A dog is not the same animal as a cat just because both species are comprised of different breeds.
late Middle English: from French, 'comprised', feminine past participle of comprendre, from Old French comprehender (see comprehend).
1 Comprise primarily means ‘consist of,’ as in the country comprises twenty states . It can also mean ‘constitute or make up a whole,’ as in this single breed comprises 50 percent of the Swiss cattle population . When this sense is used in the passive (as in the country is comprised of twenty states ), it is more or less synonymous with the first sense ( the country comprises twenty states ). This usage is part of standard English, but the construction comprise of, as in the property comprises of bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen , is regarded as incorrect.2 On the differences between comprise and include, see include (usage).