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English verb: compose

1. compose (stative) form the substance of

SamplesGreed and ambition composed his personality.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be, comprise, constitute, make up, represent

2. compose (creation) write music

SamplesBeethoven composed nine symphonies.

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


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make

Narrower (hyponym)arrange, counterpoint, harmonise, harmonize, instrument, instrumentate, melodise, melodize, score, set, set to music

Domain categorymusic

3. compose (creation) produce a literary work

SamplesShe composed a poem.
He wrote four novels.

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

Synonymsindite, pen, write

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create verbally

Narrower (hyponym)adopt, annotate, author, cite, dash off, draft, dramatise, dramatize, draw, fling off, footnote, knock off, lyric, outline, paragraph, paragraph, poetise, poetize, profile, reference, rewrite, scratch off, script, toss off, verse, versify, write about, write copy, write of, write off, write on, write out, write up

Entailspell, write

Verb grouppublish, write

Domain categoryauthorship, composition, penning, writing

4. compose (creation) put together out of existing material

SamplesCompile a list.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)make

Narrower (hyponym)anthologise, anthologize, catalog, catalogue, cobble together, cobble up

5. compose (emotion) calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet

SamplesShe had to compose herself before she could reply to this terrible insult.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)calm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize

6. compose (cognition) make up plans or basic details for

SamplesFrame a policy.

Synonymsdraw up, frame

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)plan

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