comprise

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

Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /kəmˈpɹaɪz/
  • SAMPA: /k@m"praIz/
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  • Hyphenation: com‧prise

Verb[change]

Plain form
comprise

Third-person singular
comprises

Past tense
comprised

Past participle
comprised

Present participle
comprising

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

Synonyms[change]

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.