What does constitute mean?

Definitions for constitute
ˈkɒn stɪˌtut, -ˌtyutcon·sti·tute

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. constitute, represent, make up, comprise, beverb

    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, constituteverb

    create and charge with a task or function

    "nominate a committee"

  3. form, constitute, makeverb

    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, instituteverb

    set up or lay the groundwork for

    "establish a new department"

Wiktionary

  1. constituteverb

    To cause to stand; to establish; to enact.

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

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

  2. constituteverb

    To make up; to compose; to form.

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

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

  3. constituteverb

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

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Constituteverb

    to cause to stand; to establish; to enact

    Etymology: [L. constitutus, p. p. of constiture to constitute; con- + statuere to place, set, fr. status station, fr. stare to stand. See Stand.]

  2. Constituteverb

    to make up; to compose; to form

    Etymology: [L. constitutus, p. p. of constiture to constitute; con- + statuere to place, set, fr. status station, fr. stare to stand. See Stand.]

  3. Constituteverb

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

    Etymology: [L. constitutus, p. p. of constiture to constitute; con- + statuere to place, set, fr. status station, fr. stare to stand. See Stand.]

  4. Constitutenoun

    an established law

    Etymology: [L. constitutus, p. p. of constiture to constitute; con- + statuere to place, set, fr. status station, fr. stare to stand. See Stand.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Constitute

    kon′stit-ūt, v.t. to set up: to establish: to form or compose: to appoint: to determine.—n. Constit′uency, the whole body of voters for a member of parliament.—adj. Constit′uent, constituting or forming: essential: elemental: component.—n. an essential or elemental part: one of those who elect a representative, esp. in parliament.—n. Constitū′tion, the act of constituting: the natural condition of body or mind: disposition: a system of laws and customs established by the sovereign power of a state for its own guidance: the established form of government: a particular law or usage.—adj. Constitū′tional, inherent in the natural frame: natural: agreeable to the constitution or frame of government: essential: legal: of a sovereign who rules subject to fixed laws.—n. a walk for the sake of one's health.—v.t. Constitū′tionalise, to make constitutional.—ns. Constitū′tionalism, adherence to the principles of the constitution; Constitū′tionalist, Constitū′tionist, one who favours the constitution; Constitutional′ity, the state or quality of being constitutional.—adv. Constitū′tionally.—adj. Con′stitutive, that constitutes or establishes: having power to enact, &c.: essential. [L. constituĕre, constitutum, from con, together, and statuĕre, to make to stand, to place.]

Editors Contribution

  1. constitute

    To compose or form.

    It did constitute easily and efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  
  2. constitute

    To create law.

    They did constitute the documents easily and efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  
  3. constitute

    To form an element of a constitution.

    They did ensure to constitute all human rights as an element of the constitution.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of constitute in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of constitute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of constitute in a Sentence

  1. Margaret Fuller:

    It does not follow because many books are written by persons born in America that there exists an American literature. Books which imitate or represent the thoughts and life of Europe do not constitute an American literature. Before such can exist, an original idea must animate this nation and fresh currents of life must call into life fresh thoughts along the shore.

  2. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Indeed, it exhibits an energetic task to write and voice for human rights; however, only that cannot constitute the concrete and vital outcome without practical action.

  3. Michael Berry:

    I believe some of what the lieutenant has alleged could constitute a military crime – false statements, taking what the chaplain said and twisting or misconstruing it in an attempt to get the chaplain punished, he abused the position he was placed in as a chaplain’s assistant.

  4. David Malone:

    At the same time, the hazardous content of e-waste constitute a 'toxic mine' that must be managed with extreme care.

  5. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:

    The impending weather conditions constitute an imminent hazard, which threatens and presently endangers the health, safety, and resources of the residents of Ocean County, Atlantic County and Cape May County.

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  • تشكلArabic
  • съставям, основавам, образувам, учредявамBulgarian
  • tvořit, ustavitCzech
  • konstituieren, erzeugen, bilden, ernennen, errichten, ausmachen, einsetzen, festsetzen, begründenGerman
  • تشکیل می دهندPersian
  • muodostaa, perustaa, ollaFinnish
  • constituerFrench
  • היווהHebrew
  • गठित करनाHindi
  • nominare, costituire, creare, deputare, rappresentare, formareItalian
  • 선출하다, 구성하다, 설립하다, 이루다, 제정하다Korean
  • составлятьRussian
  • utgöraSwedish
  • உள்ளனர்Tamil
  • tayin etmek, seçmek, teşkil etmek, oluşturmak, atamak, oluşmak, meydana getirmekTurkish
  • تشکیلUrdu
  • cấu thànhVietnamese
  • 构成Chinese

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