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

These droplets consist of two types of oil, one encased in the other, like caramel in chocolate. Wired, "Unusual Fluids Flip, Twirl, and Redefine How Liquids Work," 9 Sep. 2019 The Bahamas consists of more than 700 islands and many more cays. Washington Post, "Days after Hurricane Dorian, responders reaching smaller, isolated Bahamas cays," 9 Sep. 2019 The handout consisted of 100 million Lumens, worth roughly $6 million. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "With Facebook Libra Coin Tied Up, Rival Uses Free Cryptocurrency ‘Airdrop’ as Lure," 9 Sep. 2019 According to David Barreira of El Español, the Dolmen of Guadalperal consists of about 140 boulders arranged in a concentric circle. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Drought Reveals Dolmen of Guadalperal, Popularly Dubbed ‘Spanish Stonehenge’," 9 Sep. 2019 The crew on this flight consisted of seven active-duty Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard members., "Tom Steyer qualifies for October debates, bringing field to 11," 9 Sep. 2019 The brand consists of contemporary resort wear, jumpsuits, dresses as well as evening looks. Colleen Kratofil,, "Real Housewives Runway! RHOBH Cast Walks in Kyle Richards' Debut NYFW Show," 9 Sep. 2019 The Permanent Fund consists of two main accounts: The corpus, which is constitutionally protected and cannot be spent without a statewide vote, and the earnings reserve, which can be spent. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Permanent Fund grows in first year of new system despite spending billions on state services and dividend," 8 Sep. 2019 The collection consists of documents from 1971 to 1999. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chicano center’s archives will remain at UC Santa Barbara," 8 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The women’s top five consists of Colorado, New Mexico, Washington, Michigan and Stanford., "Washington Huskies are ranked ahead of the Oregon Ducks in the national cross country polls," 28 Aug. 2019 Both the Comet Lake and Ice Lake notebook CPU lines this month consist of a full range of i3, i5, and i7 mobile CPUs in both high-power (U-series) and low-power (Y-series) variants. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Intel’s line of notebook CPUs gets more confusing with 14nm Comet Lake," 21 Aug. 2019 The triple double consists of a double backflip with three twists. Charlotte Carroll,, "Simone Biles Is First-Ever Woman to Land Triple Double in Competition on Floor," 11 Aug. 2019 The show’s Fab Five consists of five makeover experts: Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine), Bobby Berk (Interior Design), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming), Karamo Brown (Culture), and Tan France (Fashion). Joe Otterson,, "New ‘Queer Eye’ season to debut on Netflix in July," 18 June 2019 The show’s Fab Five consists of five makeover experts: Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine), Bobby Berk (Interior Design), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming), Karamo Brown (Culture), and Tan France (Fashion). Variety, The Mercury News, "‘Queer Eye’ renewed for seasons 4 and 5 at Netflix, fourth season to debut in July," 18 June 2019 The debut season costs a reported $100 million to make and consists of eight episodes. James Hibberd,, "The Mandalorian reveals an epic poster," 23 Aug. 2019 An experienced secondary consists of Loville at cornerback plus Jarred Quilter and Damon Lewis, the latter better known for his kicking duties. Vytas Mazeika, The Mercury News, "Bay Area Preps HQ football preview: No. 4 Serra," 15 Aug. 2019 To minimize weight, his meals during the count consist of snacks during the day and an evening meal of instant mashed potatoes with water warmed on a small stove. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Love of desert, animals draws volunteer counters," 13 July 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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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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