Definitions for consistkənˈsɪst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to be made up or composed (usu. fol. by of):

    This cake consists mainly of sugar, flour, and butter.

  2. to be comprised or contained (usu. fol. by in):

    The charm of Paris does not consist only in its beauty.

  3. to be compatible, consistent, or harmonious (usu. fol. by with).

  4. Archaic. to exist together.

Origin of consist:

1520–30; < L consistere to stand together, stand firm =con-con - +sistere to cause to stand, reduplicative v. akin to stāre to stand

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dwell, consist, lie, lie in(verb)

    originate (in)

    "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country"

  2. consist(verb)

    have its essential character; be comprised or contained in; be embodied in

    "The payment consists in food"; "What does love consist in?"

  3. consist(verb)

    be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous

    "Desires are to be satisfied only so far as consists with an approved end"

  4. consist, comprise(verb)

    be composed of

    "The land he conquered comprised several provinces"; "What does this dish consist of?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. consist(verb)ənˈsɪst

    to be made of

    a device consisting of two wheels on parallel tracks; The work consisted of listening to customer complaints.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consist(verb)

    to stand firm; to be in a fixed or permanent state, as a body composed of parts in union or connection; to hold together; to be; to exist; to subsist; to be supported and maintained

  2. Consist(verb)

    to be composed or made up; -- followed by of

  3. Consist(verb)

    to have as its substance or character, or as its foundation; to be; -- followed by in

  4. Consist(verb)

    to be consistent or harmonious; to be in accordance; -- formerly used absolutely, now followed by with

  5. Consist(verb)

    to insist; -- followed by on

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'consist' in Verbs Frequency: #319

Anagrams of consist

  1. Tocsins

Translations for consist

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(with of ) to be composed or made up

The house consists of six rooms.

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