- to compose; form: mortar constituted of lime and sand.
- to appoint to an office or function; make or create: He was constituted treasurer.
- to establish (laws, an institution, etc.).
- to give legal form to (an assembly, court, etc.).
- to create or be tantamount to: Imports constitute a challenge to local goods.
- Archaic. to set or place.
Origin of constitute
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Examples from the Web for constituted
The majority of the slabs that constituted the wall were demolished and used for highway gravel.What Happened to the Berlin Wall?
November 9, 2014
Historian Sam Bass Warner suggested that this constituted “the glory of Los Angeles and an expression of its design for living.”California’s New Feudalism Benefits a Few at the Expense of the Multitude
October 5, 2013
Perhaps that constituted one of the jobs of the White House press secretary.No Drama Obama’s Dramatic 2012 Reelection Campaign
September 12, 2013
We can debate whether these constituted high crimes and misdemeanors, but at least they happened in real life.Elijah Cummings Fights Back
June 14, 2013
What constituted the two “wings”, separated by a thousand miles of India, into one “nation”?Why Pakistan's Mohammed Ali Jinnah Was No Nelson Mandela
April 7, 2013
The constituted authorities must be cheerfully and vigorously upheld.
For an hour he worked with the brainless things that constituted his party.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
What was the peculiarity about the mine which constituted its recommendation to investors?A Woman Intervenes
This had constituted the clay of him, and it had not been kindly moulded by the world.White Fang
He constituted himself one of the most implacable enemies of Fantômas.A Nest of Spies
- to make up; form; composethe people who constitute a jury
- to appoint to an office or functiona legally constituted officer
- to set up (a school or other institution) formally; found
- law to give legal form to (a court, assembly, etc)
- law obsolete to set up or enact (a law)
Word Origin and History for constituted
mid-15c., verb use of adjective constitute, "made up, formed" (late 14c.), from Latin constitutus "arranged, settled," past participle adjective from constituere "to cause to stand, set up, fix, place, establish, set in order; form something new; resolve," of persons, "to appoint to an office," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + statuere "to set," from PIE root *sta- "to stand," with derivatives meaning "place or thing that is standing" (see stet). Related: Constituted; constituting.