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 inLiberty 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 ofBreakfast 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 The goalies also consist of Kalen Waldron and Danny Barnes. Alex Kushel,, "Palm Beach Hawks turn in strong tournament performance," 16 Oct. 2020 Upon completion, The Ridge at Northlake will consist of approximately 1,000 single-family homes priced from the mid-$300s to the mid-$600s. Dallas News, "Community gets ready to welcome first residents," 11 Oct. 2020 That district consist largely of schools in Jefferson Parish. Chris Dabe,, "Several prep football games to be played Wednesday, including Karr’s showdown against Catholic in Baton Rouge," 6 Oct. 2020 The show will consist of outdoor performances in and around Nashville. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Here's the New Date For the CMT Music Awards," 10 Sep. 2020 Like many of us these days, D.N.C. speakers seemed to inhabit spaces that are nowhere and everywhere at the same time, rooms that consist only of what is in front of a laptop camera. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Republican National Convention Was a Spectacle Fit for a Would-Be King," 28 Aug. 2020 The barrier will consist of a bridge with 30-foot steel bollards, lighting, a roadway and a maintenance walkway, according to Customs and Border Protection. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New border wall to cut through Tijuana River channel," 27 Aug. 2020 This time, just in case, my new windows will consist of tempered glass, to reduce the risk of deadly projectiles when the next crisis happens. Rania Abouzeid, National Geographic, "Why must every Lebanese generation endure violent chaos—and its aftermath?," 26 Aug. 2020 Within the United States, the CDC recommends that people cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. Jamie Hutt, Star Tribune, "App text formatting test," 7 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Indeed, the contemporary pantries in San Antonio consist of all manner of containers filled with food, hygiene products and other necessities. Carmina Danini,, "Little Free Pantry network grows to help those in need during coronavirus pandemic," 19 Sep. 2020 The 20 acres set aside for preservation will satisfy some of the wetlands mitigation requirement because the site consist of wetlands of the highest quality, Wise said. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Brecksville will preserve 20 acres of land on Blossom Hill," 15 Sep. 2020 There are also rugs made with Sunbrella polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fabrics, which contain consist of recycled plastic from water bottles. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How to choose an area rug and set the room’s style, from the ground up," 22 Aug. 2020 Today, our top picks on the site consist of everything from an über-comfy hanging hammock chair to our all-time favorite mesh wifi system. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Thursday," 6 Aug. 2020 The Sasbs consist of our friend Stephanie; her husband, Mordecai; and her relatively neurotypical children, Elijah and Dempsey. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "A lesson in letting go at a vacation in isolation," 7 July 2020 This year, the top 20 consist of 14 public charter schools and six magnets. Washington Post, "Huge change in character of our most challenging high schools," 31 July 2020 While most of their shows only consist of 13 episodes, Netflix broke their pattern with this large Valhalla order. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "Everything We Know About Vikings: Valhalla, A Vikings Spin-Off Series," 22 June 2020 The majority of participants’ felonies consist of drug possession; the program excludes drug dealers and those who have committed violent offenses. Alexander Ralph,, "Class of 2020: County's mental health court graduates another group of overcomers," 9 June 2020

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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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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Consist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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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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