comprise

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Comprise is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
comprise

Third-person singular
comprises

Past tense
comprised

Past participle
comprised

Present participle
comprising

  1. (transitive) If x comprises y, y is part of x.
    The United States comprises Hawaii and Alaska.
  2. (transitive) If x comprises y, y is all the things that, together, make x.
    The United States comprises 50 states.
  3. (transitive) If x comprises y, x is all the things that, together, make y.
    Fifty states comprise The United States.
    The United States is comprised of 50 states.

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Usage[change]

Sense #3 is new and some people don't like it, but it is becoming more common. Whether you like and use it or not, it can make understanding the meaning a little difficult.