1. To be composed of or contain: The staff comprises eight physicians, two dozen nurses, and various administrative people. See Synonyms at include.
2. Usage Problem To compose; make up; constitute: the countries and territories that comprised the British Empire.
[Middle English comprisen, from Old French compris, past participle of comprendre, to include, from Latin comprehendere, comprēndere; see comprehend.]
Usage Note: The traditional rule states that the whole comprises the parts and the parts compose the whole. In strict usage: The Union comprises 50 states. Fifty states compose (or make up) the Union. Even though many writers maintain this distinction, comprise is often used in place of compose, especially in the passive: The Union is comprised of 50 states. Our surveys show that opposition to this usage has abated but has not disappeared. In the 1960s, 53 percent of the Usage Panel found this usage unacceptable; by 1996, the proportion objecting had declined to 35 percent; and by 2011, it had fallen a bit more, to 32 percent. See Usage Note at include.
usage: comprise has had an interesting history of sense development. In addition to its original senses, dating from the 15th century, “to include” and “to consist of” (The United States of America comprises 50 states), comprise has had since the late 18th century the meaning “to form or constitute” (Fifty states comprise the United States of America). Since the late 19th century it has also been used in passive constructions with a sense synonymous with one of its original meanings, “to consist of, be composed of”: The United States of America is comprised of 50 states. These later uses are often criticized, but they occur with increasing frequency even in formal speech and edited writing.
include - have as a part, be made up out of; "The list includes the names of many famous writers"
comprise - form or compose; "This money is my only income"; "The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance"; "These constitute my entire belonging"; "The children made up the chorus"; "This sum represents my entire income for a year"; "These few men comprise his entire army"
Usage: The use of of after comprise should be avoided: the library comprises (not comprises of) 6500,000 books and manuscripts. Consist, however, should be followed by of when used in this way: Her crew consisted of children from Devon and Cornwall.
to contain or consist of. Her family comprises two sons and a daughter. behels, beslaan, bevat, inbegryp, insluit, omvat, bestaan uit يَشْمَل، يَتَضَمَّن състоя се от incluir obsahovat, skládat se z umfassen bestå af; indeholde περιλαμβάνω, αποτελούμαι απόcomprender hõlmama متشکل بودن از koostua comprendre לִכלוֹל समाविष्ट करना, सम्मिलित करना obuhvatiti, sadržavati, uključiti áll (vmiből) mencakup, terdiri dari samanstanda af comprendere ～から成る 포함하다 susidėti iš, apimti ietvert; veidot; sastādīt terdiri bestaan uitinneholde, omfatte, bestå av, utgjørezawierać, obejmować شاملول، ګډول: درلودل لرل: جوړول incluir a cuprinde состоять из zahrnúť, skladať sa vključevati činiti omfatta ประกอบด้วย oluşmak, meydana gelmek 包括，由…所構成 містити в собі, охоплювати مشتمل ہونا bao gồm 包括，构成
The team comprises (not comprises of) five members.
Comparative assessment of baseline concentration of the heavy metals in the soils of Chitgar Industrial Area Tehran (Iran) with the comprisable reference data, Environmental Earth Science, 63: 1179-1188.