constitute


con·sti·tute

verb \ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt\

: to make up or form something

: to be the same as something : to be equivalent to something

: to establish or create (an organization, a government, etc.)

con·sti·tut·edcon·sti·tut·ing

Full Definition of CONSTITUTE

transitive verb
1
:  to appoint to an office, function, or dignity
2
:  set up, establish: as
a :  enact
b :  found
c (1) :  to give due or lawful form to
(2) :  to legally process
3
:  make up, form, compose <12 months constitute a year> <high school dropouts who constitute a major problem in large city slums — J. B. Conant>

Examples of CONSTITUTE

  1. Women constitute 70 percent of the student population at the college.
  2. <nine players constitute a baseball team>

Origin of CONSTITUTE

Middle English, from Latin constitutus, past participle of constituere to set up, constitute, from com- + statuere to set — more at statute
First Known Use: 15th century

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