constitute

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verb con·sti·tute \ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt\

Definition of constitute

constituted

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constituting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to appoint to an office, function, or dignity Legal authority constitutes all magistrates.

  3. 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

  4. 3 :  make up, form, compose 12 months constitute a year. … high school dropouts who constitute a major problem in large city slums. — J. B. Conant

Examples of constitute in a sentence

  1. Women constitute 70 percent of the student population at the college.

  2. 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

constitute

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verb con·sti·tute \ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt\

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

constitute

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verb con·sti·tute \ˈkän-stə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt\

Definition of constitute for Students

constituted

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constituting

  1. 1 :  to form the whole of Twelve months constitute a year.

  2. 2 :  to establish or create constitute a new government


Law Dictionary

constitute

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transitive verb con·sti·tute \ˈkän-stə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt\

Legal Definition of constitute

  1. 1 :  to appoint to an office or function those who are constituted heirs or named legatees — Louisiana Civil Code legal authority constitutes all magistrates

  2. 2 :  establish, found to constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court — U.S. Constitution art. I

  3. 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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