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 inLiberty 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 ofBreakfast 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

Verb that account consists with the information in the other reports
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Like the first, season 2 will consist of eight episodes. Eric Todisco,, "Sex Education Season 2 Sets January Premiere Date on Netflix," 25 Nov. 2019 The development would consist of office space, light retail and more than 230 multi-family units spaced out over four stories, based on site plans. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel seeks $57 million bonds for garages, mixed-use developments and other projects," 22 Nov. 2019 The reviewing team will consist of five to nine members of the advisory council. Carol Robinson |, al, "U.S. Attorney Jay Town creates police shooting advisory council," 21 Nov. 2019 Also considered was a BART-automobile hybrid, consisting of twin tunnels beneath the bay — one for cars, one for trains. Rachel Swan,, "Feinstein asked for another bridge across the bay. Regional planners frowned," 15 Nov. 2019 Her ensemble was just as celebratory, consisting of a pink plaid tube dress by Adriana Sahar—and, for that extra oomph, Gaga’s hair was dyed in a matching bubblegum shade. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Lady Gaga, Bella Hadid, and More," 12 Oct. 2019 Nonetheless, that completion rate is still strikingly low—consisting of 21% over 12 months. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Google Expands Its Coursera IT Training Course to 100 Community Colleges," 2 Oct. 2019 Another is even pithier, consisting simply of an exclamation mark. David Holahan,, "Visiting Corsica: Up and Down and Around The Mountainous Mediterranean Idyll," 13 Sep. 2019 Member of the police and fire departments were on hand and Cub Scout Pack 297, consisting of fourth-graders from the school, performed a flag ceremony and led the Pledge of Allegiance., "Independence Primary celebrates Patriot Day with community partners," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The protesters have been demanding the new Cabinet not include politicians but consist of experts who can work on getting Lebanon out of its economic crisis. Washington Post, "Lebanese army opens roads closed by protesters amid scuffles," 5 Nov. 2019 Courthouse Commons will stand 445 feet tall and consist of 37 stories, with the bottom eight floors designated for 235,000 square feet of office space and 17,000 square feet of retail space. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Downtown skyscraper will have killer views — and cheap rent for 20% of renters," 30 July 2019 Callbacks will follow on Saturday, April 14, and consist of dancing and reading/singing from the show. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Allis studio to feature art of Brookfield's Tony Ostry," 9 Apr. 2018 Although only $700,000 is state funding, another $2.1 million consists of federal funds through matching grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and private foundation support. USA TODAY, "Titanic auction, Legos, mighty Mississippi: News from around our 50 states," 22 July 2019 The collective consists of four young and versatile performer-composer new-music Trekkies who cross genres with the graceful ease of the USS Enterprise traversing galaxies. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Musicians turn the Big Dipper into an ‘interstellar cantata,’ with help from NASA," 11 Sep. 2019 Great things come from our luncheon meetings, which consist of a sandwich, a cup of soup, and a good idea or two. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Secretive Defense Tech Startup Anduril Reaches Unicorn Status: Term Sheet," 12 Sep. 2019 Western medicine so far has found no evidence that pangolin scales, which consist of keratin, the same material that makes up fingernails, hair, and rhino horn, have any physiological effects on humans. Paul Hilton, National Geographic, "Poaching is sending the shy, elusive pangolin to its doom," 17 June 2019 Lake Erie, specifically, has battled with toxic algae blooms, which consist of cyanobacteria rather than plankton, and can taint drinking water. Tony Briscoe,, "There’s a giant dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico — thanks in large part to pollution from Chicago," 14 June 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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5 Dec 2019

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“Consist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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