Definitions for constituteˈkɒn stɪˌtut, -ˌtyut

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•sti•tuteˈkɒn stɪˌtut, -ˌtyut(v.t.)-tut•ed, -tut•ing.

  1. to compose; form:

    mortar constituted of lime and sand.

  2. to appoint to an office or function:

    He was constituted treasurer.

  3. to establish, as a law.

  4. to give legal form to.

  5. to create or be tantamount to:

    Imports constitute a challenge to local goods.

Origin of constitute:

1400–50; late ME < L constitūtus, ptp. of constituere; see constituent

Princeton's WordNet

  1. constitute, represent, make up, comprise, be(verb)

    form or compose

    "This money is my only income"; "The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance"; "These constitute my entire belonging"; "The children made up the chorus"; "This sum represents my entire income for a year"; "These few men comprise his entire army"

  2. appoint, name, nominate, constitute(verb)

    create and charge with a task or function

    "nominate a committee"

  3. form, constitute, make(verb)

    to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"

    "The branches made a roof"; "This makes a fine introduction"

  4. establish, found, plant, constitute, institute(verb)

    set up or lay the groundwork for

    "establish a new department"

Wiktionary

  1. constitute(Verb)

    To cause to stand; to establish; to enact.

    Laws appointed and constituted by lawful authority.-- Jeremy Taylor.

  2. constitute(Verb)

    To make up; to compose; to form.

    Truth and reason constitute that intellectual gold that defies destruction.--Johnson.

  3. constitute(Verb)

    To appoint, depute, or elect to an office; to make and empower.

    Me didst Thou constitute a priest of thine.-- William Wordsworth.

  4. Origin: * From Latin constitutum, past participle of constituere. Constructed from the prefix con- and statuere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Constitute(verb)

    to cause to stand; to establish; to enact

  2. Constitute(verb)

    to make up; to compose; to form

  3. Constitute(verb)

    to appoint, depute, or elect to an office; to make and empower

  4. Constitute(noun)

    an established law

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'constitute' in Verbs Frequency: #488


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

constitute(verb)

to form; to make up; to be

Nuclear waste constitutes a serious danger.

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