constitute

verb
con·​sti·​tute | \ ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌtüt How to pronounce constitute (audio) , -ˌtyüt\
constituted; constituting

Definition of constitute

transitive verb

1 : make up, form, compose 12 months constitute a year. … high school dropouts who constitute a major problem in large city slums.— J. B. Conant
2 : set up, establish: such as
a : enact regulations as are constituted by the government
b : found constitute a provisional government
c(1) : to give due or lawful form to an agreement constituted by writing
(2) : to legally process
3 : to appoint to an office, function, or dignity Legal authority constitutes all magistrates.

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Synonyms for constitute

Synonyms

compose, comprise, form, make up

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Examples of constitute in a Sentence

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

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Indians also constitute WhatsApp’s largest user base, at over 200 million of its total 1.5 billion. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Why has Facebook invested in a four-year-old Indian startup?," 14 June 2019 Sports bettors in the 2015 NFL regular season, for example, constituted 25% of the total TV audience but watched 47% of all minutes, per a Nielsen Sports study for the American Gaming Association. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A non-factor in Vegas, does Major League Soccer need to hit the books to have a shot?," 25 June 2018 The debate over what constitutes Parmesan cheese has become increasingly contentious in recent years. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Dishonest menus: Diners, beware of 7 restaurant lies you may be swallowing right now," 13 June 2018 But for some hawks in Congress, anything short of a blank check constitutes legislative meddling. Elizabeth Goitein, Fortune, "Congress Is About to Decide Whether to Give Trump More or Less Power to Expand Wars," 4 June 2018 But despite the near-unanimity of India’s importance as a strategic partner, in recent years, Russian military hardware has still constituted 62 percent of India’s total arms imports. Atman Trivedi, The New Republic, "The U.S.-India Relationship Needs Work," 15 May 2018 According to a 2016 survey from Planned Parenthood, many adults don't agree on what constitutes consent. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Can Porn Help People Understand Consent?," 30 Apr. 2019 That arguing over what constitutes a family to begin with, really does begin in this period. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Political Division? That’s Nothing New," 7 Mar. 2019 The difference between urgent and emergency care boils down to what constitutes a medical emergency. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "When to Go to Urgent Care Vs. the ER," 16 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of constitute

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for constitute

Middle English, from Latin constitutus, past participle of constituere to set up, constitute, from com- + statuere to set — more at statute

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The first known use of constitute was in the 15th century

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constitute

verb

English Language Learners Definition of constitute

formal
: 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.)

constitute

verb
con·​sti·​tute | \ ˈkän-stə-ˌtüt How to pronounce constitute (audio) , -ˌtyüt\
constituted; constituting

Kids Definition of constitute

1 : to form the whole of Twelve months constitute a year.
2 : to establish or create constitute a new government

constitute

transitive verb
con·​sti·​tute | \ ˈkän-stə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt How to pronounce constitute (audio) \

Legal Definition of constitute

1 : to appoint to an office or function those who are constituted heirs or named legateesLouisiana Civil Code legal authority constitutes all magistrates
2 : establish, found to constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme CourtU.S. Constitution art. I
3a : to put (as an agreement) into required form
b : to qualify as a letter can constitute a will— W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al. failure to act may constitute negligence
c : to form the substance or whole of the bonds constituted the entire estate

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