comprise

When something comprises other things, it is made up of them or formed from them. The periodic table comprises 118 elements, because the whole comprises the parts.

In its traditional use, the word comprise is the opposite of compose: if A comprises X, Y, and Z, then X, Y, and Z compose A. But because compose and comprise sound so much alike, people have long confused the two. So now you often hear things like "The band is comprised of a guitarist, a bassist, and a hairy drummer," whereas sticklers would prefer "is composed of" in that sentence. The word is undergoing a usage shift, making it just as hairy as that drummer!

DEFINITIONS OF: comprise

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v be composed of

“The land he conquered comprised several provinces”
Synonyms:
consist
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v include or contain; have as a component

“A totally new idea is comprised in this paper”
Synonyms:
contain, incorporate
Type of:
include
have as a part, be made up out of

v form or compose

“These few men comprise his entire army”
Synonyms:
be, constitute, make up, represent
Types:
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make
constitute the essence of
compose
form the substance of
constitute, form, make
to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"
range, straddle
range or extend over; occupy a certain area
fall into, fall under
be included in or classified as
pose, present
introduce
supplement
serve as a supplement to
chelate
form a chelate, in chemistry
spread-eagle
stretch over
add
constitute an addition
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