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


that account consists with the information in the other reports

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Stumptown Twilight consists of events on the track between the 800 and 10,000 meters at L&Cs’s Griswold Stadium., "Matthew Centrowitz, Jessica Hull, Shannon Rowbury among entries for Friday’s Stumptown Twilight track meet," 14 July 2019 The triangle consists of the bright stars Altair in Aquila the Eagle, Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, and Vega in Lyra the Harp. Arnold Pearlstein,, "The Stars This Week: July 14-20," 14 July 2019 In its seventh year, the Union-Tribune’s Top Workplaces competition consists of a short, confidential 24-question survey of each company’s employees. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Top Workplaces deadline extended," 13 July 2019 The project consists of widening Nagel Road from two lanes to three, and resurfacing the pavement., "Historic Sally’s West Shore Pub coming down: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 12 July 2019 Today about 2 percent of a typical European’s genome consists of Neanderthal DNA. Andrew Curry, National Geographic, "The first Europeans weren’t who you might think," 12 July 2019 The village itself consists of around 100 small homes, most built of wood. Washington Post, "One boy’s tale of family separation heads to court," 12 July 2019 My own inventory consists of probably about 60 dinner plates, 80 side plates, and maybe 40 bowls (not counting larger serving bowls). Susan Harlan, Curbed, "The dish store that is my home away from home," 11 July 2019 His daily routine consists of two 90-minute practices separated by a lengthy break to simulate the competition format on tour, where athletes play multiple matches per day. Aimee Berg, New York Times, "Is Chase Budinger the Future of Men’s Beach Volleyball?," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hyde: The entire journey typically takes around 15 to 18 months and consists of three separate parts. Ben Tinker, CNN, "The top 10 questions about surrogacy for same-sex couples, answered," 14 June 2019 However, these early victories did not consist of men handing the vote to women; rather, they were long fought. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Women won the vote with the 19th Amendment, but hurdles remain," 23 May 2019 The auction will start Friday evening and run through Saturday, and consist of a maximum three rounds of bidding. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Comcast, Fox to Settle $35 Billion Takeover Battle for Sky in Weekend Auction," 20 Sep. 2018 According to Li: Both A and C consist of one large component while B can be considered a collection of three small components. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Evolutionary Math and Just-So Stories’," 7 Sep. 2018 Applications are due Wednesday, June 19, at noon and consist of multiple documents, a budget, and a narrative. Annika Hom,, "Gardening lessons, free fitness, and marker holders," 14 June 2019 Mantel's novel is part of a historical trilogy, whose previous two parts consist of Wolf Hall, which was released in 2009, and Bring Up the Bodies, which came out in 2012. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Wolf Hall Is Finally Returning for Season 2," 30 May 2019 Most of his book consists of engaging accounts of the explorers and scientists who have been drawn to Greenland’s hinterlands, among them the Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen and the American Robert Peary. David Holahan, USA TODAY, "'The Ice at the End of the World' review: Scary clues of climate change in Greenland," 11 June 2019 Part two consists of firing an explosive charge at Ryugu, creating a crater and an even larger cloud of debris. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Watch the Hayabusa Spacecraft Blow Up an Asteroid Tonight," 4 Apr. 2019

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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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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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