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compose (music)

Definition:

to write music

Class:

creation verb (sewing, baking, painting, performing, etc.)

Past tense:

composed

Present participle:

composing

3rd-person singular present:

composes

Type of:

make

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

Beethoven composed 9 symphonies

Synonyms:

write

Etymology:

compousen, from Old French composer "put together, arrange, write (a work)"...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of compose...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

compose | design [synonym, sense-specific]

to put together or make up by combining; put in proper order | to be the component elements of | to produce or create (a musical or literary work) | ... (27 of 540 words, 8 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/compose

Wikipedia:

Composition [disambiguation]

may refer to: Composition doll, a doll made of a wood based composite material | Composition roller, cast from a hide glue and molasses used in brayers and inking rollers for letterpress and other relief printing | Composition studies, the professional... (39 of 366 words, 20 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Composition

Merriam-Webster:

compose | composed [past tense] | composing [present participle] | calm [synonym, sense-specific] | settle [synonym, sense-specific] | fashion [synonym, sense-specific] | constitute [synonym, sense-specific] | produce [synonym, sense-specific] | cast [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to form by putting together; "fashion" ; to form the substance of; "constitute" ; to produce (as columns or pages of type) by composition | to create ... (26 of 239 words, 6 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/compose

Oxford Dictionary:

compose

write or create (a work of art, especially music or poetry) | phrase (a letter or piece of writing) with great care and thought | form (a whole) by ... (27 of 221 words, 8 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/compose

Random House Dictionary:

compose | composed [past tense] | composing [present participle]

to make or form by combining things, parts, or elements. | to be or constitute a part or element of. | to make up or form the basis of. | to put or ... (30 of 169 words, 11 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/compose

American Heritage Dictionary:

compose | composed [past tense] | composing [present participle] | composes [3rd-person singular present]

To make up the constituent parts of; constitute or form | To make or create by putting together parts or elements. | To create or produce (a literary ... (26 of 131 words, 9 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/compose

Macmillan British Dictionary:

compose | composed [past tense] | composing [present participle] | composes [3rd-person singular present] | compose your thoughts | compose yourself

[intransitive/transitive, music] to write a piece of music ; [transitive, ... | [transitive, formal] to arrange the parts of something such as a ... (22 of 126 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/compose

New World Dictionary:

compose | composed [past tense] | composing [present participle]

to form in combination; make up; constitute | to put together; put in proper order or form | to create (a musical or literary work) | to adjust or ... (26 of 101 words, 8 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/compose

Wiktionary:

compose | composed [past tense] | composing [present participle] | composes [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive] To make something by merging parts. | [transitive] To make up the whole; to constitute. | [transitive, non-standard] To comprise. | [transitive, intransitive] To construct by mental labor; to think up; particularly, to produce or create a ... (35 of 89 words, 7 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/compose

Cambridge Dictionary:

compose [entry 1]

to produce music, poetry or formal writing (7 of 55 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/compose 1

compose [entry 2] | be composed of something

"be composed of sth ": to be formed from various things | to be the parts that something is made of (20 of 63 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/compose 2

compose [entry 3] | compose yourself | compose your features/thoughts | compose your features | compose your thoughts

"compose yourself ": to make yourself calm again after being angry or upset | "compose your features/thoughts": to try to make yourself look or feel ... (24 of 62 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/compose 3

compose [entry 4, specialized]

to arrange words, sentences, pages, etc. in preparation for printing (10 of 20 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/compose 4

Columbia Encyclopedia:

writ

in law, written order issued in the name of the sovereign or the state in connection with a judicial or an administrative proceeding. Usually the writ ... (26 of 283 words)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

writ [law]

in common law, order issued by a court in the name of a sovereign authority requiring the performance of a specific act. The most common modern writs ... (27 of 275 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/649648​/writ

Encarta Dictionary:

compose | composed [past tense] | composing [present participle] | composes [3rd-person singular present]

to be the components or parts that make up something | to put things together to form a whole | to arrange things in order to achieve an effect | to ... (28 of 169 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599183​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

compose

First use: about 1400

Origin: compousen, from Old French composer "put together, arrange, write (a work)" (12th century), from com- "with" + poser "to ... (21 of 48 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=compose

Oxford Dictionary:

compose

Origin: late Middle English (in the general sense "put together, construct"): from Old French composer, from Latin componere (see "component"), ... (19 of 31 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/compose

Wiktionary:

compose | composed [past tense] | composing [present participle] | composes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old French composer ("to compose, compound, adjust, settle"), from Latin componere ("to put together, compose"), from com- ("together") + ponere ("to put, place")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/compose

New World Dictionary:

compose | composed [past tense] | composing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English composen from Old French composer from com-, with + poser, to place; meaning influenced by Latin componere: see "composite"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/compose

American Heritage Dictionary:

compose | composed [past tense] | composing [present participle] | composes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English composen, from Old French composer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin compōnere; see "component".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/compose

Collins Dictionary:

compose

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Old French composer, from Latin compōnere to put in place; see component

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/compose

Merriam-Webster:

compose | composed [past tense] | composing [present participle]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French composer, from Latin componere (perfect indicative composui)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/compose

Encarta Dictionary:

compose | composed [past tense] | composing [present participle] | composes [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French composer, alteration (influenced by poser "to place") of Latin componere

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599183​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

compose | composed [past tense] | composing [present participle] | composes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "compose"

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Collins Dictionary:

compose

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "compose"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/compose

Macmillan British Dictionary:

compose | composed [past tense] | composing [present participle] | composes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "compose"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/compose

Macmillan American Dictionary:

compose | composed [past tense] | composing [present participle] | composes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "compose"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/compose

Cambridge Dictionary:

compose [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "compose"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "compose"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/compose 2

compose [entry 3]

Audio: British English pronunuciation of "compose"

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the Free Dictionary:

compose

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "compose"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "compose"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "compose" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

compose | composed [past tense] | composing [present participle] | composes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "compose"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

compose

Audio: North American pronunciation of "compose"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=compos​01 word=compose

YourDictionary Audio:

compose

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "compose" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

compose

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "compose" by speech synthesizer

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