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- To be made up of, to consist of
The Union comprises fifty states.
- To include, to contain
This box comprises all my belongings.
- (informal) To compose
The Union is comprised of fifty states.
- Note: this usage is often considered incorrect. The example above in the passive means the fifty states comprise the Union, which is incorrect. Strictly speaking, the Union comprises fifty states, whereas fifty states compose the Union. See compose
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Com*prise" (?), v. t. [imp.
& p. p. Comprised (?); p. pr. & vb.
n. Comprising.] [From F. compris,
comprise, p. p. of comprendre, L.
comprehendere. See Comprehend.] To comprehend;
Comprise much matter in few words.
Friendship does two souls in one
Syn. -- To embrace; include; comprehend; contain; encircle;
inclose; involve; imply.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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