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 app’s features are pretty simple for now, with a basic toolbar consisting of pencil, pen, marker, chalk, and eraser tools, in addition to a color palette. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Google’s Chrome Canvas is a handy browser app for quick doodles," 20 Dec. 2018 The plaintiffs want the court to certify a class consisting of anyone in the U.S. or its territories who bought the crackers since May 19, 2010. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Cheez-Its and the Judiciary," 17 Dec. 2018 The voluminous strapless number consisted of a blush pink bustier, olive sash at the waist, and silver full skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "These Swedish Princesses Showed Off Epic Royal Style at the Nobel Prize Ceremony," 10 Dec. 2018 There’s the Basic Besk, a three-module chair consisting of a back rest, seat, and foot rest, that’s meant to mimic the position of sitting up in bed with a laptop. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "At last, a furniture collection designed to mimic working from bed," 5 Dec. 2018 His teachings consisted of the First, Second, and Third Wheels of Dharma. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Jack’s Necklace on 'This Is Us' Has a Deeper Meaning That Everyone Missed," 27 Nov. 2018 Upton's pregnancy announcement was low-key, as these things go and consisted of a very normal picture of her in a red suit with a white top and matching white sunglasses. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Upton and Justin Verlander Welcome Their First Child, a Baby Girl Named Genevieve," 11 Nov. 2018 The chair is comprised of three molded plywood shells consisting of multiple layers of plywood with a top veneer layer of striking wood grain. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Is What Makes The Eames Lounge Chair So Special," 7 Nov. 2018 The Muhlenberg memorial consists of a bronze bust of John Muhlenberg atop a limestone pedestal flanked on three sides by a low wall. John Kelly, Washington Post, "A park on Connecticut Avenue NW has a statue of John Muhlenberg. Why?," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The little Liesses consist of three boys (Christian, 11, Justin, 8, and Luke, 6) and two girls (Gisele, 3, and Aurora, 1). Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About David and Lauren Liess's New DIY Network Show," 6 Nov. 2018 The modular system will wear over the standard U.S. Army field uniform and consist of leggings, a cape, sleeves, a veil, and so on. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Testing a New Sniper Suit," 4 Oct. 2018 But the clouds had to be at very low altitude and consist of very small drops. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "The deserts of Titan have organic dust storms," 4 Oct. 2018 That tribute, designed by Fox, sits at the north end and consists of three slabs of polished black granite that have been inscribed with the names of the six victims. Inga Saffron,, "What the new Salvation Army memorial tells us about Philadelphia's building boom," 12 June 2018 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

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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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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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