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Compose vs. Constitute — What's the Difference?

Compose vs. Constitute — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Compose and Constitute

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Compose

Write or create (a work of art, especially music or poetry)
He composed the First Violin Sonata four years earlier
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Constitute

To be the elements or parts of; compose
Copper and tin constitute bronze.
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Compose

(of elements) constitute or make up (a whole, or a specified part of it)
Christians compose 40 per cent of the state's population
The National Congress is composed of ten senators
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Constitute

To amount to; equal
"Rabies is transmitted through a bite.
... patting a rabid animal in itself does not constitute exposure" (Malcolm W. Browne).
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Compose

Calm or settle (oneself or one's features or thoughts)
She tried to compose herself
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Constitute

To set up or establish according to law or provision
A body that is duly constituted under the charter.
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Compose

Prepare (a text) for printing by manually, mechanically, or electronically setting up the letters and other characters in the order to be printed
In offices where close-set text was composed both men and women pieceworkers were normally employed
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Constitute

To found (an institution, for example).
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Compose

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.
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Constitute

To enact (a law or regulation).
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Compose

To make or create by putting together parts or elements.
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Constitute

To appoint to an office, dignity, function, or task; designate.
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Compose

To create or produce (a literary or musical piece).
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Constitute

(transitive) To set up; to establish; to enact.
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Compose

To make (oneself) calm or tranquil
Compose yourself and deal with the problems logically.
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Constitute

(transitive) To make up; to compose; to form.
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Compose

To settle or adjust; reconcile
They managed to compose their differences.
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Constitute

(transitive) To appoint, depute, or elect to an office; to make and empower.
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Compose

To arrange aesthetically or artistically.
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Constitute

(obsolete) An established law.
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Compose

(Printing) To arrange or set (type or matter to be printed).
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Constitute

To cause to stand; to establish; to enact.
Laws appointed and constituted by lawful authority.
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Compose

To create a literary or musical piece.
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Constitute

To make up; to compose; to form.
Truth and reason constitute that intellectual gold that defies destruction.
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Compose

(Printing) To set type.
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Constitute

To appoint, depute, or elect to an office; to make and empower.
Me didst Thou constitute a priest of thine.
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Compose

(transitive) To make something by merging parts.
The editor composed a historical journal from many individual letters.
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Constitute

An established law.
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Compose

(transitive) To make up the whole; to constitute.
A church is composed of its members.
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Constitute

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
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Compose

To comprise.
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Constitute

Create and charge with a task or function;
Nominate a committee
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Compose

To construct by mental labor; to think up; particularly, to produce or create a literary or musical work.
The orator composed his speech over the week prior.
Nine numbered symphonies, including the Fifth, were composed by Beethoven.
It's difficult to compose without absolute silence.
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Constitute

To compose or represent:
This wall forms the background of the stage setting
The branches made a roof
This makes a fine introduction
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Compose

To calm; to free from agitation.
Try to compose your thoughts.
The defendant couldn't compose herself and was found in contempt.
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Constitute

Set up or lay the groundwork for;
Establish a new department
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Compose

To arrange the elements of a photograph or other picture.
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Compose

To settle (an argument, dispute etc.); to come to a settlement.
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Compose

To arrange in proper form; to reduce to order; to put in proper state or condition.
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Compose

To arrange (types) in a composing stick for printing; to typeset.
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Compose

To form by putting together two or more things or parts; to put together; to make up; to fashion.
Zeal ought to be composed of the highest degrees of all pious affection.
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Compose

To form the substance of, or part of the substance of; to constitute.
Their borrowed gold composedThe calf in Oreb.
A few useful things . . . compose their intellectual possessions.
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Compose

To construct by mental labor; to design and execute, or put together, in a manner involving the adaptation of forms of expression to ideas, or to the laws of harmony or proportion; as, to compose a sentence, a sermon, a symphony, or a picture.
Let me composeSomething in verse as well as prose.
The genius that composed such works as the "Standard" and "Last Supper".
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Compose

To dispose in proper form; to reduce to order; to put in proper state or condition; to adjust; to regulate.
In a peaceful grave my corpse compose.
How in safety best we mayCompose our present evils.
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Compose

To free from agitation or disturbance; to tranquilize; to soothe; to calm; to quiet.
Compose thy mind;Nor frauds are here contrived, nor force designed.
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Compose

To arrange (types) in a composing stick in order for printing; to set (type).
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Compose

To come to terms.
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Compose

Form the substance of;
Greed and ambition composed his personality
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Compose

Write music;
Beethoven composed nine symphonies
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Compose

Produce a literary work;
She composed a poem
He wrote four novels
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Compose

Put together out of existing material;
Compile a list
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Compose

Calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet;
She had to compose herself before she could reply to this terrible insult
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Compose

Draw up the plans or basic details for;
Frame a policy
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