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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A few years ago, that most heavily traveled branch of the Western Pacific was constituted as a prefecture (county) of a mainland Chinese province. WSJ, "America Has Already Lost the Western Pacific," 8 Mar. 2019 Other symptoms such as swelling, a rash, or difficulty swallowing or breathing constitute an emergency and could signal an allergy, according to MedlinePlus. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Why So Many People Swear By Azelaic Acid to Combat Acne and Redness," 5 Mar. 2019 The pipeline constitutes one phase of the $5.1 billion Mariner East project, which aims to deliver 675,000 barrels a day of propane and other highly volatile gas liquids across Pennsylvania to Marcus Hook. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "A calculated risk? Delaware County Council makes slow progress after six months of debating pipeline study," 27 June 2018 In the past, investors watched reserve replacement closely as a measure of growth potential, and regulators maintain strict accounting rules about what constitutes proven reserves. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Big Oil Is Now Thrifty—but That Comes at a Cost," 13 Nov. 2018 The Healthcare Distribution Alliance, a trade association for drug distributors, told the Senate committee that the DEA had not provided clear enough information about what constituted a suspicious order to get consistent reporting across companies. Andy Marso, kansascity, "As opioids poured into Missouri, the DEA failed, McCaskill says," 12 July 2018 The Kings are also said to be high on Michael Porter, who may still constitute a reach at this spot. 3. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Mock Draft 8.0: What Happens if the Kings Pass on Luka Doncic?," 5 June 2018 Use of and/or registration on any portion of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 5/25/18) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated 5/25/18). Korin Miller, SELF, "What You Need to Know About Glucose Testing During Pregnancy," 4 Feb. 2019 However, this mission would be best served by consolidating only space system defense functions, which constitute a minority of military space operations. Bryan Nakayama, Fortune, "3 Reasons Trump’s New Space Force Would Be a Disaster," 21 June 2018

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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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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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