General English

  • verb to write something, thinking carefully about it

General Science

  • verb to be made from a number of parts


  • verb to make something from a number of parts

Information & Library Science

  • verb to create a musical or literary work


  • verb to put text into type ready for printing, using any method, such as hot metal setting or photocomposition

Origin & History of “compose”

Etymologically, compose means simply ‘put together’; it comes, via Old French composer, from compos-, the perfect stem of Latin compōnere, a compound verb formed from the prefix com- ‘with’ and pōnere ‘place, put’, source of English position. Amongst its many descendants and derivatives are compound, component (17th c.) (from the Latin present participle compōnent-), composite (16th c.) (from the Latin past participle compositus), and compost (14th c.) (which originally meant ‘stewed fruit’, like the later-borrowed compote (17th c.)).