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

intransitive verb

: lie, reside
usually used with in
Liberty consists in the absence of obstructions …A. E. Housman"In her consists my happiness … "William Shakespeare
: exist, be
: to be capable of existing
: to be composed or made up
usually used with of
Breakfast consisted of cereal, milk, and fruit.The team consists of five players.
: to be consistent
it consists with the facts


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con·​sist ˈkän-ˌsist How to pronounce consist (audio)
: makeup or composition (as of coal sizes or a railroad train) by classes, types, or grades and arrangement

Example Sentences

Verb that account consists with the information in the other reports
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The typical types of output today from generative AI consist of output that is purely text or that is pure art. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2022 But that ignores how much of the content on other platforms like Instagram and TikTok consist of Twitter screenshots! Ew Staff,, 29 Sep. 2022 These pillows consist of an organic cotton cover filled with buckwheat hulls that can be removed or added to adjust the height and level. Dallas News, 10 Jan. 2023 The front and rear suspensions each consist of a rigid axle located by leaf springs. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 5 Jan. 2023 By 2030, Porsche hopes to have more than 80 percent of its sales consist of EVs. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 13 Nov. 2022 The 3,000 troops headed to Kabul consist of two battalions of Marines and one from the Army, Kirby said. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2021 The cast and crew consist of aspiring Saudi talent embedded with an international crew. Partner Content, Variety, 16 Dec. 2022 Doesn’t their starting rotation consist of top tier starters Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove, Blake Snell and Mike Clevinger, with four-time All-Star Josh Hader as the closer? Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 11 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History



borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French consister "to lie, reside (in), stay permanently, comprise," borrowed from Latin consistere "to stop moving, come to a halt, remain at the same level, take up a position, reside, be composed (of), be established (in a given state), come into existence," from con- con- + sistere "to cause to stand, assume a standing position, place, check, halt" — more at assist entry 1


derivative of consist entry 1

First Known Use


1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of consist was in 1526

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“Consist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to be made up or composed
breakfast consisted of cereal, milk, and fruit
coal consists mostly of carbon

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