Meaning of comprise

com•prise

Pronunciation: (kum-prīz'), [key]
— -prised, -pris•ing.
  1. to include or contain: The Soviet Union comprised several socialist republics.
  2. to consist of; be composed of: The advisory board comprises six members.
  3. to form or constitute: Seminars and lectures comprised the day's activities.
  4. to consist of; be composed of: The sales network is comprised of independent outlets and chain stores.
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