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v. com·posed, com·pos·ing, com·pos·es
1. To make up the constituent parts of; constitute or form: an exhibit composed of French paintings; the many ethnic groups that compose our nation. See Usage Note at comprise.
2. To make or create by putting together parts or elements.
3. To create or produce (a literary or musical piece).
4. To make (oneself) calm or tranquil: Compose yourself and deal with the problems logically.
5. To settle or adjust; reconcile: They managed to compose their differences.
6. To arrange aesthetically or artistically.
7. Printing To arrange or set (type or matter to be printed).
1. To create a literary or musical piece.
2. Printing To set type.
[Middle English composen, from Old French composer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin compōnere; see component.]
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|Noun||1.||composing - the spatial property resulting from the arrangement of parts in relation to each other and to the whole; "harmonious composition is essential in a serious work of art"|
|2.||composing - musical creation|
creating by mental acts - the act of creating something by thinking
realisation, realization - the completion or enrichment of a piece of music left sparsely notated by a composer
recapitulation - (music) the repetition of themes introduced earlier (especially when one is composing the final part of a movement)
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