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.

  2. constituteverb

    To make up; to compose; to form.

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

  3. constituteverb

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

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CONSTITUTEverb

    Etymology: constituo, Latin.

    Prudence is not only a moral but christian virtue, such as is necessary to the constituting of all others. Decay of Piety.

    We must obey laws appointed and constituted by lawful authority, not against the law of God. Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living.

ChatGPT

  1. constitute

    To constitute means to form, make up, or be the components or elements of something. It can also mean to establish or create, often in a legal or official capacity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Constituteverb

    to cause to stand; to establish; to enact

  2. Constituteverb

    to make up; to compose; to form

  3. Constituteverb

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

  4. Constitutenoun

    an established law

  5. 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 create law.

    They did constitute the documents easily and efficiently.


    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  


  2. constitute

    To compose or form.

    It did constitute 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. Colin Wayne:

    I want to keep my products in America, i think that's very important as a veteran who almost died for this nation. It's important to sustain America's prosperity. With the cost of how much everything is rapidly increasing, it's hard to constitute the price points domestically when you can outsource at a fraction of the cost.

  2. Human Rights Watch:

    Every day across the country, Myanmar’s military and police are committing brutal acts that constitute crimes against humanity. Massacring civilians in a hail of bullets at a Buddhist monastery shows the desperate savagery of a regime wholly divorced from the Burmese people, governments around the world should recognize that Myanmar’s military junta government does not care about words.

  3. Hakeem Jeffries:

    The extreme left is obsessed with talking trash about mainstream Democrats on Twitter, when the majority of the electorate constitute mainstream Democrats at the polls, in the post-Trump era, the anti-establishment line of attack is lame — when President Biden and Democratic legislators are delivering millions of good-paying jobs, the fastest-growing economy in 40 years and a massive child tax cut.

  4. The Hitopadesa:

    Not to attend at the door of the wealthy, and not to use the voice of petition?these constitute the best life of a man.

  5. Andre Peterson:

    There’s nothing that I’ve gotten out of this that would constitute it as a scam because I ’m not gaining anything financially from what we’re doing. The reality of it is that I have a son( Javan) that’s also in the program and has been in the program for four years, if it’s a scam and the kids are not going to school and not doing what they’re supposed to do, then I ’m literally scamming Andre Peterson. And most importantly, I ’m hurting my own son. So when people say stuff like that … I would literally be taking my son’s future and throwing it in the trash.

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  • تشكلArabic
  • съставям, основавам, учредявам, образувамBulgarian
  • tvořit, ustavitCzech
  • festsetzen, einsetzen, ausmachen, errichten, ernennen, begründen, bilden, erzeugen, konstituierenGerman
  • تشکیل می دهندPersian
  • muodostaa, perustaa, ollaFinnish
  • constituerFrench
  • היווהHebrew
  • गठित करनाHindi
  • deputare, nominare, costituire, creare, rappresentare, formareItalian
  • 선출하다, 구성하다, 설립하다, 제정하다, 이루다Korean
  • составлятьRussian
  • utgöraSwedish
  • உள்ளனர்Tamil
  • oluşturmak, tayin etmek, meydana getirmek, oluşmak, atamak, seçmek, teşkil etmekTurkish
  • تشکیلUrdu
  • cấu thànhVietnamese
  • 构成Chinese

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