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com·prise / kəmˈprīz/ • v. [tr.] consist of; be made up of: the country comprises twenty states. ∎  make up; constitute: this single breed comprises 50 percent of the Swiss cattle population | (be comprised of) documents are comprised of words.

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compriseadvise, apprise, apprize, arise, assize, capsize, chastise, comprise, demise, despise, devise, downsize, excise, flies, guise, incise, low-rise, misprize, outsize, previse, prise, prize, remise, revise, rise, size, surmise, surprise, uprise, wise •archaize • heroize • ghettoize •Judaize • bye-byes • disenfranchise •propagandize • periodize • iodize •merchandise • melodize •gourmandize • methodize •anthropomorphize • apostrophize •elegize • analogize • syllogize •anthologize, mythologize, psychologize, tautologize, theologize •hierarchize

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To embrace, cover, or include; to confine within; to consist of.

In the law governing patents—grants of an exclusive right or privilege to make, use, or sell an invention or product for a term of years—the term comprise indicates inclusion rather than limitation. When a patent claim states that a particular product is comprised of certain elements, this means that other elements may also be present.

As used in the devise of land, comprise means to contain or embrace. A plot of land may be comprised of a certain number of acres.

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comprise †lay hold of; comprehend, include. XV. f. F. compris, -ise, pp. of comprendre COMPREHEND, on the analogy of comps. of prendre, of which a sb. and vb. in -prise existed, as enterprise (†emprise), surprise (†supprise).