to be made up or composed (usually followed by of): This cake consists mainly of sugar, flour, and butter.
to be comprised or contained (usually followed by in): Her charm does not consist only in her beauty.
Archaic. to exist together or be capable of existing together.
Obsolete. to insist; urge.
the rolling stock, exclusive of the locomotive, making up a train.
a record made of this rolling stock.
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How to use consist in a sentence
Today, the militias the Revolutionary Guard has manufactured consist of young, radicalised Shia men whose primary objectives are creating a pan-Shia state centred on Ayatollah Khamenei’s leadership.Iran's Revolutionary Guard Is Radicalizing Young Men Across the Middle East. The U.S. Needs a Counterinsurgency Strategy | Kasra Aarabi | February 11, 2021 | Time
The new information consisted of Internet protocol addresses that Comey said are “exclusively used” by North Korea.
But one convoy alone, according to Lysenko, consisted of 32 tanks, 16 D-30 howitzers and 30 KamAZ heavy trucks.Putin Is Lying on Ukraine—and the West Can’t Stop Him | Jamie Dettmer | November 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Subsequent shipments had been “OKd in advance,” but these purportedly consisted only of defensive weapons in “miniscule amts.”How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations | Malcolm Byrne | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That fun consisted, at least in part, of some very exuberant railroading.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire | H.L. Mencken | October 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The finale consisted of a lengthy dance routine that mimicked the movements of animals in nature.Gareth Pugh's Fashion Show Lacked Fashion, But Not Passion | Justin Jones | September 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It consisted in a couple of snakes in old gold clenching an enormous topaz between their heads.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
Each man in the room was smoking a pipe, which consisted of a brass bowl and a reed stem over three feet long.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
These consisted of a good sized dining-room, p. 126six bedrooms, and an office for the manager and his clerk.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
Lawrence thanked him and was ready to start when the escort, which consisted of a sergeant and five men, made their appearance.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
The whole furniture of these rooms consisted of a few hammocks and straw mats.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
British Dictionary definitions for consist
(foll by of) to be composed (of); be formed (of): syrup consists of sugar and water
(foll by in or of) to have its existence (in); lie (in); be expressed (by): his religion consists only in going to church
to be compatible or consistent; accord
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