comprise

To comprise is to make up or form. John, Paul, George, and Ringo comprise the Beatles, and the periodic table is comprised of 118 elements.

Comprise is a term for describing what something includes or contains. It does not work, however, in the active sense. While you can include your friends in your holiday plans, you can't comprise them. However, when describing who tagged along on the ski trip, you can say that the chalet's cozy bedrooms comprised a who's-who of your favorite people.

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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