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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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Constitute, in the sense of form or make up, may be the best word if neither compose nor comprise seems to fit: Fifty states constitute the United States.
The plumbing contractor may use the cash method for both businesses, if the plumbing installation line gross receipts comprise more than 50% of the combined businesses' total gross receipts.
Fats should comprise 20-25% of caloric intake [10-12?
Upon anticipated full completion in the spring of 2007, this centre will comprise over 1,375,000 square feet of retail space, including shadow anchors.
60 per unit A comprises one common share at the price of $0.
A total of 96 lode claims (about 1,920 acres) in Eureka County, Nevada comprise the Dry Hills Property.
Mega Centre Notre Dame in Laval will ultimately comprise 700,000 square feet anchored by (user-owned) retailers Super C (Metro Richelieu) and Zellers.
The tire further comprises as a tread rubber, a rubber composition comprising (A) a rubber component comprising a conjugate diene base rubber, (B) a filler comprising 10 mass % or more of a white filler based on the whole fillers and (C) a partial ester compound of maleic anhydride and a (poly)oxypropylene derivative.
For the purpose of this report, Europe comprises Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Former Yugoslavia, France, Germany, Gibralter, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzsta, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
9,254,254 B2; Johnson & Johnson has patented a composition that is comprised of a continuous water phase; a discontinuous oil phase, homogeneously distributed in said water phase, that is comprised of a polymer composition comprising a sunscreen agent with a linear, ultraviolet radiation absorbing polyether that has a covalently bound UV-chromophore and comprises a backbone having glyceryl repeat units; and an oil-in-water emulsifier component comprising an anionic oil-in-water emulsifier and a nonionic oil-in-water emulsifier having an alcohol functional group; and the linear, ultraviolet radiation absorbing polyether is present in an amount effective to provide an SPF of 10 or greater.
One embodiment provides a mammalian cell comprising a nucleic acid encoding a peptide binding domain and an effector gene; a first chimeric protein comprising a nucleic acid binding domain that binds the peptide binding domain attached to the metabolic product or to a ligand that binds to the metabolic product; and a second chimeric protein comprising an expression control protein attached to the metabolic product or to the ligand that binds to the metabolic product such that when the first chimeric protein comprises the metabolic product, the second chimeric protein comprises the ligand and when the first chimeric protein comprises the ligand, the second chimeric protein comprises the metabolic product.
Average salary in Kyrgyzstan comprises 10,891 soms ($229).