consist


1con·sist

verb \kən-ˈsist\

Definition of CONSIST

intransitive verb
1
:  lie, reside —usually used with in <liberty consists in the absence of obstructions — A. E. Housman>
2
archaic
a :  exist, be
b :  to be capable of existing
3
:  to be composed or made up —usually used with of <breakfast consisted of cereal, milk, and fruit>
4
:  to be consistent <it consists with the facts>

Examples of CONSIST

  1. <that account consists with the information in the other reports>

Origin of CONSIST

Middle French & Latin; Middle French consister, from Latin consistere, literally, to stop, stand still, from com- + sistere to take a stand; akin to Latin stare to stand — more at stand
First Known Use: 1526

2con·sist

noun \ˈkän-ˌsist\

Definition of CONSIST

:  makeup or composition (as of coal sizes or a railroad train) by classes, types, or grades and arrangement

First Known Use of CONSIST

1898

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