comprise Definition

  • 1consist of; be made up of
  • 2to include or contain

Using comprise: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "comprise" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The course comprises a range of modules.

  • Example

    The team is comprised of players from several different countries.

  • Example

    The book comprises ten chapters.

  • Example

    The United States comprises fifty states.

comprise Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for comprise

Phrases with comprise

  • to be composed or made up of


    The committee is comprised of five members.

  • an incorrect usage of 'comprise', it should be 'comprise' or 'composed of'


    Incorrect: The team is comprised of ten players. Correct: The team comprises ten players.

  • to behave in a way that is appropriate to one's position or status


    He was careful to comprise himself in the presence of his superiors.

Origins of comprise

from Old French 'compris', past participle of 'comprendre', meaning 'to understand'


Summary: comprise in Brief

'Comprise' [kəmˈpraɪz] means to consist of or be made up of something, or to include or contain something. It is often used to describe the composition of a group or collection, such as 'The team is comprised of players from several different countries.' 'Comprise' should not be used with 'of', and instead should be used with 'comprise' or 'composed of'.