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

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Right now, the ship’s crew consists of local fish, with Norwegian divers visiting to remove all of the weapons from the ship. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Underwater Footage from Helge Ingstad—Norway’s Newest Submarine," 19 Dec. 2018 Their diet during the fall primarily consists of nuts. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Minnesota firefighters rescue bear after his head gets trapped in milk jug," 12 Sep. 2018 My uniform now consists of low-slung pinstripe trousers, a pair of thong heels, and a Tom Ford–era Gucci tank with leather straps. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "How the Late ’90s Saved My Style," 20 July 2018 These primarily consist of the creation of or improvement to standing structures and/or permanent equipment as improvements to standing structures. The Aegis, "Pavilion installed at Shamrock Park, equipment improved," 13 July 2018 Many families now consist of two working parents whose time (and energy) is stretched very thin. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Privileged parent doesn’t like braggy child," 12 July 2018 Many families now consist of two working parents whose time (and energy) is stretched very thin. Amy Dickinson,, "Well-off parent doesn't like friends' braggy child," 12 July 2018 Many families now consist of two working parents whose time (and energy) is stretched very thin. Amy Dickinson,, "Privileged parent doesn’t like former friend’s braggy child," 11 July 2018 Catholic, unlike many colleges and universities, does not have a faculty senate consisting primarily of professors. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "Faculty dissidents report vote of no confidence in Catholic University leadership," 1 June 2018

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Most consist of two to four corner braces, a turnbuckle, cable, and fittings. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Do Repair Kits for Wood Gates Actually Work?," 22 Apr. 2017 His sculptures, which typically suggest motion or consist of moving parts, have been exhibited at venues including New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Blair Kamin,, "Architect of defunct-Chicago Spire to design riverfront sculpture," 7 May 2018 The second phase would be more extensive and consist of major repairs to facility's parking lot, fencing, landscaping and the guard shack. Beau Evans,, "Algiers Park & Ride set for a facelift; money in question," 3 Apr. 2018 So, out of the wire comes pulses of light that consist of thousands upon thousands of highly pure colors. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "661Tbps through a single optical fiber: The mind boggles," 1 Aug. 2018 Cystic acne is a specific type of acne that consist of underground pimples that can leave facial scarring if not treated correctly. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know To Get Rid of Cystic Acne for Good," 7 Nov. 2017 Moscow has insisted that its relations with the nation consist of mutually beneficial cooperation between longtime friends and has sought to mediate among Central African Republic’s warring parties. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "EU to Boost Support for Central African Republic as Russia Expands Its Role," 15 Oct. 2018 No, these dumplings, in their broadest classification, consist of pieces of dough wrapped around...something. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 2018 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

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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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