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COMPOSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does compose mean? 

COMPOSE (verb)
  The verb COMPOSE has 6 senses:

1. form the substance of
2. write music
3. produce a literary work
4. put together out of existing material
5. calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet
6. make up plans or basic details for

  Familiarity information: COMPOSE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMPOSE (verb)


Sense 1compose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Form the substance of

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

Greed and ambition composed his personality

Hypernyms (to "compose" is one way to...):

be; comprise; constitute; make up; represent (form or compose)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 2compose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Write music

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

compose; write

Context example:

Beethoven composed nine symphonies

Hypernyms (to "compose" is one way to...):

create; make (make or cause to be or to become)

Domain category:

music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "compose"):

harmonise; harmonize (write a harmony for)

melodise; melodize (supply a melody for)

score (write a musical score for)

arrange; set (adapt for performance in a different way)

set to music (write (music) for (a text))

counterpoint (write in counterpoint)

instrument; instrumentate (write an instrumental score for)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

Did he compose his major works over a short period of time?


Sense 3compose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Produce a literary work

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

write; pen; indite; compose

Context examples:

She composed a poem / He wrote four novels

Hypernyms (to "compose" is one way to...):

create verbally (create with or from words)

"Compose" entails doing...:

spell; write (write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word))

Domain category:

authorship; composition; penning; writing (the act of creating written works)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "compose"):

adopt; dramatise; dramatize (put into dramatic form)

draft; outline (draw up an outline or sketch for something)

poetise; poetize; verse; versify (compose verses or put into verse)

author (be the author of)

annotate; footnote (add explanatory notes to or supply with critical comments)

cite; reference (refer to)

write out; write up (put into writing; write in complete form)

script (write a script for)

write copy (write for commercial publications)

rewrite (rewrite so as to make fit to suit a new or different purpose)

draw (write a legal document or paper)

lyric (write lyrics for (a song))

write about; write of; write on (write about a particular topic)

profile (write about)

paragraph (write paragraphs; work as a paragrapher)

paragraph (write about in a paragraph)

write off (write something fluently, and without hesitation)

dash off; fling off; knock off; scratch off; toss off (write quickly)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence examples:

Did he compose his major works over a short period of time?
They will compose the duet


Sense 4compose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put together out of existing material

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

compile; compose

Context example:

compile a list

Hypernyms (to "compose" is one way to...):

make (make by shaping or bringing together constituents)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "compose"):

cobble together; cobble up (put together hastily)

anthologise; anthologize (compile an anthology)

catalog; catalogue (make a catalogue, compile a catalogue)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 5compose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context example:

She had to compose herself before she could reply to this terrible insult

Hypernyms (to "compose" is one way to...):

calm; calm down; lull; quiet; quieten; still; tranquilize; tranquillise; tranquillize (make calm or still)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 6compose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make up plans or basic details for

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

draw up; frame; compose

Context example:

frame a policy

Hypernyms (to "compose" is one way to...):

plan (make plans for something)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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