Pronunciation: (kum-prīz'),[key] —v.t.,-prised, -pris•ing. 1. to include or contain: The Soviet Union comprised several socialist republics. 2. to consist of; be composed of: The advisory board comprises six members. 3. to form or constitute: Seminars and lectures comprised the day's activities. 4. be comprised of, to consist of; be composed of: The sales network is comprised of independent outlets and chain stores.