Complete Definition of "comprise"

English

Etymology
From OF. compris (past participle of comprendre).

Pronunciation
IPA|/kÉnËpɹaɪz/, SAMPA|/[email protected]"praIz/
audio|en-us-comprise.ogg|Audio (US)

Verb
en-verb|comprises|comprising|comprised

  1. To be made up of; to consist of.

#: The whole comprises the parts.
#: The parts are comprised by the whole.

  1. To include, to contain.

#: This box comprises all my belongings.

  1. informal|traditionally considered incorrect To compose. See usage note below.

#: A team is comprised of its members.

Usage notes
The most recent usage above, whereby the passive form effectively means âthe members comprise the teamâ, is informal and traditionally considered incorrect. It is an increasingly accepted usage according to the w:The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language|American Heritage Dictionary. However strictly speaking, a team comprises its members, whereas the members compose the team. There is no need to use comprise in place of compose. With regard to journalistic writing, the Associated Press Stylebook does not allow for such a substitution.

Translations
trans-top|to be made up of
French: t+|fr|comprendre
Hebrew: ××××× (likhlol)
trans-mid
Polish: skÅadaÄ siÄ
Portuguese: t+|pt|consistir
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trans-top|to include
French: t+|fr|contenir
Hebrew: ××××× (le'hakhyl)
trans-mid
Polish: zawieraÄ
Portuguese: t+|pt|conter
trans-bottom

trans-top|to compose
French: être composé de
trans-mid
Portuguese: t|pt|compor
trans-bottom

Category:Disputed usages
Category:English words affected by prescriptivism

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