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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The real world is governed by the chaos of other people’s free will, and our lives consist of negotiation. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Puzzled by Westworld? Look to Shakespeare.," 26 June 2018 On Monday, Christian Pulisic slide into that role, but on Saturday, the midfield in front of Trapp consisted of Tim Weah and Rubio Rubin on the wings and Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams in the middle. Avi Creditor,, "Goalkeeping, Set Piece Defending at Root of USMNT Defeat in Ireland," 2 June 2018 The major crimes task frce was formed in 2006 and consists of 31 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies that serve Northwest Indiana. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Off-duty officers injured in shooting outside Highland bar released from hospital," 22 May 2018 The test consists of placing a sensor in the home, usually in your basement, for three to 90 days, then either sending it to a lab or having your professional tester come back and read the results. Houston Chronicle, "YouDocs0514," 13 May 2018 And remember that a substantial part of Germany was in the Soviet empire and consists of people who are used to dealing with the Russians. Fox News, "Steve Bannon on NATO: Trump is saying 'no more games'," 12 July 2018 Designed by Fiona Cairns, William and Kate’s wedding cake consisted of 17 individual fruit cakes and had eight tiers. Maura Hohman,, "Here's Why Kate and William Served Their 7-Year-Old Wedding Cake at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 Three strike teams consisting of crews from the city of Sacramento, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, Folsom, Cosumnes, West Sacramento and Sutter County were also sent to assist in containing the Shasta fires, said Capt. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Northern California wildfires roundup: Latest details, map," 25 June 2018 On May 5, a search team consisting of an unknown Ukrainian climber and three Sherpas went to Camp 3. Alan Arnette, Outside Online, "Bulgarian Mountaineer Missing at 24,000 Feet in Tibet," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The commissions, which each consist of three Democrats and three Republicans, have shown unanimous support for Haas and Bell. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Elections chairman calls Scott Fitzgerald a coward over Wisconsin senators' efforts to oust top official," 9 Jan. 2018 The 3,100-square-foot property consists of three parts: one with vertical clapboard siding and a slanted roof and one with a minimalist façade and a single-gabled, metal roof reminiscent of a small Midwestern farmhouse. Cecilie Rohwedder, WSJ, "Farmhouse Fever Sweeps City Homes," 5 July 2018 To make sure the artwork is consist, Evan recommends going to the same tattoo artist who originally did the work. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "How To Take Care of A Tattoo: 9 Tattoo Care Tips You Should Know," 9 July 2018 The retail additions, still in the design phase, consist of a 15,000-square-foot building and a 7,400-square-foot restaurant building plus parking. Katherine Feser, San Antonio Express-News, "Century Building on Loop 410 sells to Houston firm," 29 June 2018 Aside from the 18 separate rooms for each patient, which are fairly small and consist of a sole bed and chair, the center has a variety of rooms to support the programming. Ben Brazil,, "CHOC celebrates completion of O.C.'s only mental health inpatient center for children under 12," 29 Mar. 2018 These groups, assigned to each school, consist of district representatives and first responders from both Brecksville and Broadview Heights. Bob Sandrick,, "Brecksville-Broadview Heights school board opposes arming teachers, will study other security options," 26 Mar. 2018 One game set consists of three battles which last three minutes each. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Baseball: Westfield again sets sights on playoffs," 20 Mar. 2018 They're certified organic, gluten-free, and consist of only a handful of ingredients: organic evaporated cane juice, organic brown rice syrup, and natural flavor. Kris Rile, Good Housekeeping, "7 Best Breath Mints That Aren't Packed With Chemicals," 12 July 2017

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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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