Compose or Comprise

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compose

to combine together to form a whole
SYNONYM make up
Ten men compose the committee.

 

comprise 
to be the parts or members that form something
SYNONYM make something up
Older people comprise a large proportion of those living in poverty.

 

-OXFORD_

 

I know about the difference between compose and comprise, but sometimes I feel like they are interchangeable for the same meaning and both words are synonym with make up for the meaning so I could say,

 

Ten men comprise the committee.

Older people compose a large proportion of those living in poverty.

 

And whether the verb is comprise or compose, there is no meaning difference or is there a way to find a correct word?

 

Thank you so much as usual in advance.

asked Feb 19 '14 at 10:39 Hans Contributor

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