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verb compose pronunciation in British English /kəmˈpəʊz/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecomposing
past tensecomposed
past participlecomposed
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] music to write a piece of music

    The song was specially composed for their wedding.

    1. a.
      [transitive] formal to write something, especially when this involves thinking carefully about it

      He sat down and composed a letter of resignation.

  2. 2
    [transitive] formal to arrange the parts of something such as a photograph or a painting in order to get a particular effect
  3. 3
    [transitive] formal to form something
    be composed of someone/something:

    Muscle is composed of two different types of protein.



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