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
That potentially constitutes a violation of the state Constitution’s anti-donation law, and soon the state agencies were sniffing around.
Conceivably, the administration could seek a court injunction against Comey testifying, in which case a violation would constitute contempt of court.
The judgment of what constitutes strong or tepid job growth has shifted as the expansion ages.
In a much smaller disparity, the exit polls also regularly find minorities constituting a slightly larger share of the vote than the Census does.
Tuesday’s report says the violence committed by the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels could constitute crimes against humanity, along with the retaliatory violence carried out by the mostly Christian anti-Balaka against Muslim civilians.
In his speech, Guterres took aim at two Trump administration shibboleths: That the cause of global warming has yet to be established, and that efforts to fight it constitute a threat to the economy.
A look at what constitutes back-channel diplomacy, some examples from history and the risks and benefits of such informal communications.
This deal essentially constitutes the singularity of corruption and represents all that is broken with our global politics.
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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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