1. To make something by merging parts.
    The editor composed a historical journal from many individual letters.
    Try to compose your thoughts.
  2. To make up the whole; to constitute.
    A church is composed of its members.
  3. To comprise.
  4. 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.
  5. To calm; to free from agitation.
    The defendant couldn't compose herself and was found in contempt.
  6. To arrange the elements of a photograph or other picture.
  7. To settle (an argument, dispute etc.); to come to a settlement.
  8. To arrange in proper form; to reduce to order; to put in proper state or condition.
  9. To arrange (types) in a composing stick for printing; to typeset.

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