What does consist mean?

Definitions for consistkənˈsɪst

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word consist.

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?"

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Consist

    kon-sist′, v.i. to exist, subsist: to co-exist: to agree.—ns. Consist′ence, Consist′ency, a degree of density: substance: agreement: the quality of being self-consistent.—adj. Consistent, fixed: not fluid: agreeing together: uniform in thought or action.—adv. Consist′ently.—adjs. Consistō′rial, Consistō′rian.—n. Consist′ory, properly a place of assembly: the particular place where the privy-council of the Roman emperor met, the council itself: an assembly or council: a spiritual or ecclesiastical court in the R.C. Church, consisting of the pope and cardinals, and determining all such matters as the appointment of cardinals, bishops, &c.; in the Lutheran Church, exercising a supervision over religion and education, over the clergy, schoolmasters, and theological candidates; in the Reformed Church, the kirk-session, or the presbytery.—Consist in, to lie in: to depend upon: to be composed of; Consist of, to be made up of. [L. consistĕrecon, together, sistĕre, to stand.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of consist in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of consist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Coco Chanel:

    Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.

  2. John Rogers:

    The devices consist of a multilayer stack of materials.

  3. Athenus:

    Goodness does not consist in greatness, but greatness in goodness.

  4. Aristotle:

    Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.

  5. Napoleon Bonaparte:

    Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.

Images & Illustrations of consist

  1. consistconsistconsist

Translations for consist

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for consist »


Find a translation for the consist definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these consist definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"consist." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 20 Mar. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/consist>.

Are we missing a good definition for consist? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for consist:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.