Definition of


  1. (verb, stative) form or compose
    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
  2. (verb, stative) include or contain; have as a component
    The record contains many old songs from the 1930's
  3. (verb, stative) be composed of
    What does this dish consist of?

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Comprise

Hyponyms: compose, constitute, fall into, fall under, form, make, pose, present, range, straddle, supplement

Hypernyms: be, include

Origin of the word Comprise

  1. 1423, from O.Fr. compris, pp. of comprendre "to contain, comprise," from L. comprehendere (see comprehend). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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