To make something by merging parts. from later 15th c.
“The editor composed a historical journal from many individual letters.”
To make up the whole; to constitute.
“A church is composed of its members.”
To construct by mental labor; to think up; particularly, to produce or create a literary or musical work.
“The orator composed his speech over the week prior.”
“Nine numbered symphonies, including the Fifth, were composed by Beethoven.”
“It’s difficult to compose without absolute silence.”
To calm; to free from agitation.
“Try to compose your thoughts.”
“The defendant couldn’t compose herself and was found in contempt.”
To arrange the elements of a photograph or other picture.
To settle (an argument, dispute etc.); to come to a settlement.
To arrange in proper form; to reduce to order; to put in proper state or condition.
To arrange (types) in a composing stick for printing; to typeset.
To be made up of; to consist of (especially a comprehensive list of parts). from earlier 15thc.
“The whole comprises the parts.”
“ux|en|The parts are comprised by the whole.
However, the passive voice of comprise must be employed carefully to make sense. Phrases such as “animals and cages are comprised by zoos” or “pitchers, catchers, and fielders are comprised by baseball teams” highlight the difficulty.”
To contain or embrace. from earlier 15thc.
“Our committee comprises a president, secretary, treasurer and five other members.”
To compose, to constitute. See usage note below.
“A team is comprised of its members.”
“The members comprise the team.”
To include, contain, or be made up of, defining the minimum elements, whether essential or inessential, to define an invention. (“Open-ended”, doesn’t limit to the items listed; cf. compose, which is “closed” and limits to the items listed.)
write or create (a work of art, especially music or poetry)
“he composed the First Violin Sonata four years earlier”
phrase (a letter or piece of writing) with great care and thought
“the first sentence is so hard to compose”
form (a whole) by ordering or arranging the parts, especially in an artistic way
“compose and draw a still life”
(of elements) constitute or make up (a whole, or a specified part of it)
“Christians compose 40 per cent of the state’s population”
“the National Congress is composed of ten senators”
calm or settle (oneself or one’s features or thoughts)
“she tried to compose herself”
settle (a dispute)
“the king, with some difficulty, composed this difference”
prepare (a text) for printing by manually, mechanically, or electronically setting up the letters and other characters in the order to be printed
“in offices where close-set text was composed both men and women pieceworkers were normally employed”