con·​sist | \ kən-ˈsist How to pronounce consist (audio) \
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 How to pronounce consist (audio) \

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

Verb that account consists with the information in the other reports
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There are about 250 youth football players that are divided among eight teams to go along with the five cheer teams that consist of 70 members. Emmett Hall,, 7 Oct. 2021 Chemical reactions can create products that consist of the same atoms but have structures that mirror each other, like a person’s hands. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2021 Heat pumps are an all-in-one solution that consist of an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 4 Oct. 2021 How can financial institutions look beyond generic tactics that consist of wordy press releases, clunky website banners and tired marketing techniques to differentiate themselves post-M&A? Allison Netzer, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Instead, the Newberg school board will host a two-hour work session on Sept. 22 that will consist exclusively of public comment. oregonlive, 15 Sep. 2021 Lafayette West is a 318-unit, $133 million development that would consist of six new five-story buildings on a 5.2-acre site containing 230 for-rent apartments and 88 for-sale condos — plus a clubhouse and swimming pool. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 24 Aug. 2021 So, the tax system of the future should consist of Uniform, Indirect taxes, including the retail sales tax and the VAT — at both the Federal and State level. Nathan Lewis, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 There is a push to reform the recall mechanism; some have suggested that recall ballots should consist of a single question, with a list of candidates that includes the incumbent. Anna Wiene, The New Yorker, 8 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Details: Most outdoor film series consist of a mix of recent blockbusters, kids’ favorites and retro classics. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 The two families rescued on Thursday consist of seven people, including three adults and four children. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 27 Aug. 2021 The looks, created by Men's Creative Director Virgil Abloh, consist of 34 new designs that expand on the earlier 2021 men's fall/winter collection, released in January. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 7 July 2021 Notably, brevity is key to the song titles below, as five of the seven consist of one word and the other two comprise two. Billboard, 29 July 2021 The protocols, unveiled at BYU during the first annual Intermountain Healthcare Concussion Conference, consist of five stages of gradual steps aiming to get a student back to full class attendance. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 July 2021 Juices cost $10 and consist of various flavors such as beet, watermelon mango ginger, carrot and green juice, and more. Tyler Carter, Dallas News, 14 July 2021 Fights on the undercard consist of three five-minute rounds, but the main event is scheduled for five rounds., 21 May 2021 Chromosomes, of which humans have 23 pairs, each consist of a long, continuous stretch of DNA that can be condensed into a rod shape; the DNA at the centromere is particularly dense. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 11 June 2021

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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

Verb and Noun

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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The first known use of consist was in 1526

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“Consist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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con·​sist | \ kən-ˈsist How to pronounce consist (audio) \
consisted; consisting

Kids Definition of consist

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

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