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constitute

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verb con·sti·tute \ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt\

Simple Definition of constitute

  • : 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.)

Full Definition of constitute

con·sti·tut·edcon·sti·tut·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to appoint to an office, function, or dignity

  3. 2 :  set up, establish: as a :  enact b :  found c (1) :  to give due or lawful form to (2) :  to legally process

  4. 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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