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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.
If certain business activities comprise a taxpayer's principal business activity, they will bar a taxpayer from using the new rules.
They are often derived from the same nutrient-deficient foods which already comprise our diets (but are more concentrated and expensive); and cannot substitute for bioactive compounds obtained from whole, unrefined foods.
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.
All other states comprise fewer than 5% of properties in group 2.
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.
The treated region has been exposed to and comprises a fatty acid and/or fatty acid salt composition wherein the treated region comprises a first hardness and the untreated region comprises a second hardness different than the first hardness.
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.