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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. 3
    [transitive] formal to form something
    be composed of someone/something: Muscle is composed of two different types of protein.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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