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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.


verb aggregate, amount to, be composed of, be formed of, be made of, consist of, constitute, contain, embody, embrace, encapsulate, encompass, hold, include, incorporate, involve, subsume, total
Associated concepts: comprising a cause of action
See also: compose, comprehend, consist, constitute, encompass, include
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The first year it carried a good many passengers, but its freight list only comprised eight hundred pounds of figs!
He remembered his own residence, royal though it was, and the mean and indifferent style of luxury that prevailed there, which comprised but little more than what was merely useful for the royal wants, without being his own personal property.
The king had expressly declared that, so long as he remained under Fouquet's roof, he did not wish his own different repasts to be served in accordance with the usual etiquette, and that he would, consequently, dine with the rest of society; but by the thoughtful attention of the surintendant, the king's dinner was served up separately, if one may so express it, in the middle of the general table; the dinner, wonderful in every respect, from the dishes of which was composed, comprised everything the king liked and generally preferred to anything else.
First, it is likely that before the rise of the Ionian epos there existed in Boeotia a purely popular and indigenous poetry of a crude form: it comprised, we may suppose, versified proverbs and precepts relating to life in general, agricultural maxims, weather-lore, and the like.
But, in order that the moon should reach the zenith of a given place, it is necessary that the place should not exceed in latitude the declination of the luminary; in other words, it must be comprised within the degrees 0@ and 28@ of lat.
Summit and abyss--these are now comprised together!
For a long time after it was ushered into this world of sorrow and trouble, by the parish surgeon, it remained a matter of considerable doubt whether the child would survive to bear any name at all; in which case it is somewhat more than probable that these memoirs would never have appeared; or, if they had, that being comprised within a couple of pages, they would have possessed the inestimable merit of being the most concise and faithful specimen of biography, extant in the literature of any age or country.
The composition is comprised of a first phase comprising a lamellar lathering cleansing phase comprising a surfactant, water and a lamellar structurant selected from the group consisting of fatty acids, fatty esters, trihydroxystearin, fatty alcohols and mixtures thereof; and at least one additional phase comprising a non-lathering structured aqueous phase comprising 70% or more of water and a water structurant comprising a polymeric water structurant and an associative water structurant.
The volume of GDP per capita comprised 56,900 soms ($1,182) in 2012 in Kyrgyzstan; the rate reduced by 2.
10:00 Free Decision Bloc comprised of Deputies Michel Pharaon, Serge Ter Sarkissian, Nadim Gemayel, and Jean Oghassapian.
23 million for a 10-story office building comprised of 110,900 s/ f, located in New York City.
Tire with silica-reinforced tread comprised of trans 1,4-polybutadiene, solution; SBR polyisoprene and defined amounts of carbon black and amorphous silica