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
Recent Examples of constitute from the Web
Pakistan’s gaunt, chain-smoking founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, insisted that Muslims constitute a separate nation, but envisioned a secular state.
Readers are reminded that an arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt.
Poverty is universal, jobs are scarce, large families are crammed into mud-brick homes and meals often are constituted of little more than the subsistence crops residents grow — mainly corn and beans.
Some of this comes down to what essentially constitutes propaganda from conservative media, and a self-serving brand at that—
Tillerson’s comments were the first public confirmation by the United States that the missile was indeed an ICBM, constituting a major technological advancement for the North and its most successful missile test yet.
A force of 20 F-35Bs would constitute half of the offensive firepower of a Ford-class supercarrier, on paper anyway, for a quarter the cost of the ship.
This suggests that short-term rentals of the Neuschwanders’ property do constitute commercial activity.
The petitioners argued the siege did not constitute a rebellion that could justify martial rule which might foster human rights abuses in a country that ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a 1986 revolt for massive rights violations.
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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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