from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To consist of; be composed of: "The French got ... French Equatorial Africa, comprising several territories” ( Alex Shoumatoff).
- transitive v. To include; contain: "The word 'politics' ... comprises, in itself, a difficult study of no inconsiderable magnitude” ( Charles Dickens). See Synonyms at include.
- transitive v. Usage Problem To compose; constitute: "Put together the slaughterhouses, the steel mills, the freight yards ... that comprised the city” ( Saul Bellow).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To compose, to constitute. See usage note below.
- v. To include, contain or embrace, but not implying an exhaustive list.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To comprehend; to include.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To comprehend; contain; include; embrace: as, the German empire comprises a number of separate states.
- To press together; gather into a small compass; compress.
- Synonyms To embrace, embody, inclose, encircle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be composed of
- v. include or contain; have as a component
- v. form or compose
Middle English comprisen, from Old French compris, past participle of comprendre, to include, from Latin comprehendere, comprēndere; see comprehend.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French compris, past participle of comprendre, from Latin comprehendere, contr. comprendere, past participle comprehensus ("to comprehend"); see comprehend. Compare apprise, reprise, surprise. (Wiktionary)