Definition of constitute
1 : to appoint to an office, function, or dignity Legal authority constitutes all magistrates.
2 : set up, establish: such asa : enact regulations as are constituted by the governmentb : found constitute a provisional governmentc (1) : to give due or lawful form to an agreement constituted by writing (2) : to legally process
Examples of constitute in a Sentence
Women constitute 70 percent of the student population at the college.
nine players constitute a baseball team
Origin and Etymology of constitute
Middle English, from Latin constitutus, past participle of constituere to set up, constitute, from com- + statuere to set — more at statute
First Known Use: 15th century
CONSTITUTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of constitute for English Language Learners
: to make up or form something
: to be the same as something : to be equivalent to something
: to establish or create (an organization, a government, etc.)
CONSTITUTE Defined for Kids
Definition of constitute for Students
1 : to form the whole of Twelve months constitute a year.
2 : to establish or create constitute a new government
Legal Definition of constitute
1 : to appoint to an office or function those who are constituted heirs or named legatees — Louisiana Civil Code legal authority constitutes all magistrates
3a : to put (as an agreement) into required form b : to qualify as a letter can constitute a will — W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al. failure to act may constitute negligence c : to form the substance or whole of the bonds constituted the entire estate
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