verb (used with object), com·prised, com·pris·ing.
- to include or contain: The Soviet Union comprised several socialist republics.
- to consist of; be composed of: The advisory board comprises six members.
- to form or constitute: Seminars and lectures comprised the day’s activities.
- be comprised of, to consist of; be composed of: The sales network is comprised of independent outlets and chain stores.
- to include; contain
- 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.