verb (not in progressive) formal
1 (linking verb) to consist of particular parts, groups etc: The house comprises 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, and a living room. | be comprised of: The city's population is largely comprised of Asians and Europeans.
2 (T) if different people or things comprise something they combine together to form it: Women comprise a high proportion of part-time workers.
-see also: constitute USAGE NOTE: COMPRISE WORD CHOICE: make up, consist of, compose, comprise, include, constitute Things consist of or are made up of a series of parts, or more formally are composed of/comprise all their parts: New York City comprises Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island .| a street composed mainly of detached houses (NOT composed by/from)| a family made up of six people | Dinner consisted of a starter, a main course and a dessert (NOT consisted in/on or was consisted of). You will sometimes hear native speakers using comprise with of, but some people think this is incorrect: The company comprises of/is comprised of five divisions. If you only mention some of the parts, you use include: New York City includes Brooklyn and Queens. .All the parts of something together make up or more formally) constitute or (less frequently comprise the whole: Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island constitute/comprise New York City .| How many people make up a basket ball team? GRAMMAR These words are not used in progressive tenses in these meanings.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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