1. To be made up of; to consist of (especially a comprehensive list of parts).
    The whole comprises the parts.
    The parts are comprised by the whole. However, the passive voice of comprise must be employed carefully to make sense. Phrases such as "animals and cages are comprised by zoos" or "pitchers, catchers, and fielders are comprised by baseball teams" highlight the difficulty.
  2. To include, contain or embrace.
    Our committee comprises a president, secretary, treasurer and five other members.
  3. To compose, to constitute. See usage note below.
    A team is comprised of its members.
    The members comprise the team.
  4. To include, contain or embrace, but not implying an exhaustive list.

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