verb (used with object), com·prised, com·pris·ing.

  1. to include or contain: The Soviet Union comprised several socialist republics.
  2. to consist of; be composed of: The advisory board comprises six members.
  3. to form or constitute: Seminars and lectures comprised the day’s activities.
  1. be comprised of, to consist of; be composed of: The sales network is comprised of independent outlets and chain stores.

verb (tr)

  1. to include; contain
  2. to constitute the whole of; consist ofher singing comprised the entertainment

early 15c., “to include,” from Old French compris, past participle of comprendre “to contain, comprise” (12c.), from Latin comprehendere (see comprehend). Related: Comprised; comprising.

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