con·​sist | \kən-ˈsist \
consisted; consisting; consists

Definition of consist 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : lie, reside usually used with in Liberty consists in the absence of obstructions …— A. E. Housman"In her consists my happiness … "— William Shakespeare

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.The team consists of five players.

4 : to be consistent it consists with the facts


con·​sist | \ˈkän-ˌsist \

Definition of consist (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of consist in a Sentence


that account consists with the information in the other reports

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But the City Council — consisting of two women and three men elected to the unpaid positions — wants to think it over. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Tiny city of Republic delays vote on police chief’s gun sanctuary proposal," 20 Nov. 2018 Out for dinner last night in Hollywood after heading to the polls, Kardashian West wore an unexpected suit consisting of a cream blazer, asymmetrical neon bodysuit, and white cargo pants complete with drawstrings at the waist and ankles. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Is Bringing Back Cargo Pants," 7 Nov. 2018 Back in May, a coalition consisting of activists from Myanmar, Syria, and six other countries, made three specific demands of the social network. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Facebook admits it screwed up on Myanmar — but it refuses to take all the blame," 6 Nov. 2018 Not long ago, most people's skin care routines consisted of a quick wash, maybe a weekly exfoliant, and some moisturizer. Leeann Duggan, Glamour, "I Tried an 8-Step $400 Luxury Skin Care Routine…for My Vagina," 25 Oct. 2018 Sapey was tasked with making use of open, dark spaces, including a cavernous alcove consisting of columns plastered with disembodied legs swimming up to the ceiling. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "At the Nhow Marseille Hotel in France, Italian Furniture and Local Grit Lead the Design," 22 Oct. 2018 In the end, The Shining’s elevator effect consisted of four 80-psi water cannons, which together gushed 120 gallons of fake blood out of a nearly full-scale replica of the Overlook Hotel’s elevator into a glass vestibule with a slanted floor. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The High-Tech Horror Show: How the Unreal Haunted Houses at Universal Orlando Are Built," 27 Sep. 2018 Hundreds of officials — consisting of the FBI, Gastonia police and Gastonia fire department — scavenged the park in the last six days looking for the child. Fox News, "Body believed to be missing North Carolina boy with autism found, FBI says," 27 Sep. 2018 There’s another layer consisting of water and water-soluble proteins, both of which come from the lacrimal glands under your eyebrows. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Do My Eyes Water When I Yawn?," 25 Sep. 2018

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Synthetic marijuana typical consists of plant material sprayed with chemicals or other substances sold in small, colorful packets. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Connecticut police announce arrest tied to spate of synthetic pot overdoses," 18 Aug. 2018 Cards consist of different suits that map to clearing spaces on the forest board. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Root is a terrific—and fully asymmetric—woodland wargame," 29 Sep. 2018 The host of two popular local Helium shows, the Dirty Dozen and Roast Battle, Christopher had the idea of having his sendoff consist of him facing insults from some of his best comedy friends. Mike Acker,, "Jacob Christopher becomes latest Portland comic to head to L.A.," 13 Jan. 2018 Most have been women interested in spirituality, but Myra says her second biggest demographic consists of couples who think the service will improve the dynamics of their relationships. Katie Jackson, Fox News, "What is a house blessing and should you have one?," 1 Mar. 2017 The henge-like enclosures at Pömmelte consist of seven concentric rings made of ditches and banks, the largest stretching about 380 feet in diameter. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Germany’s “Stonehenge” Reveals Evidence of Human Sacrifice," 30 June 2018 Most human interactions on tour consist of exchanging information. David Patrick Stearns,, "Personal Journey: In Jerusalem, watching the time and the timeless," 15 June 2018 The women's top five consists of USC, LSU, Oregon, Texas A&M and Georgia. Ken Goe,, "Oregon women No. 3, UO men No. 6 in this week's college track & field rankings," 14 May 2018 The honors orchestra consists of 32 students under the direction of Alyson Berger. Myrna Petlicki,, "Chute school orchestra to hold 'big concert' with dystopian theme," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of consist


1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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


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con·​sist | \kən-ˈsist \
consisted; consisting

Kids Definition of consist

: to be made up or composed Coal consists mostly of carbon.

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