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consist

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verb con·sist \ kən-ˈsist \

Definition of consist

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

Examples of consist in a Sentence

  1. that account consists with the information in the other reports

Origin and Etymology of consist

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

consist Synonyms


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consist

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noun con·sist \ ˈkän-ˌsist \

Definition of consist

:makeup or composition (as of coal sizes or a railroad train) by classes, types, or grades and arrangement

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Origin and Etymology of consist



CONSIST Defined for Kids

consist

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verb con·sist \ kən-ˈsist \

Definition of consist for Students

consisted; consisting
:to be made up or composed
  • Coal consists mostly of carbon.

Word Root of consist

The Latin word sistere, meaning “to stand,” “to appear,” “to stop,” or “to put,” gives us the root sist. Words from the Latin sistere have something to do with standing, appearing, stopping, or putting. To assist, or help, is to stand by someone in order to give aid. To consist is to be made up of a number of thing put together. To exist, or have actual being, is to appear real. To persist is to refuse to stop doing or saying something.



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