[verb kuh n-sist; noun kon-sist]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to be made up or composed (usually followed by of): This cake consists mainly of sugar, flour, and butter.
  2. to be comprised or contained (usually followed by in): Her charm does not consist only in her beauty.
  3. Archaic. to exist together or be capable of existing together.
  4. Obsolete. to insist; urge.
  1. Railroads.
    1. the rolling stock, exclusive of the locomotive, making up a train.
    2. a record made of this rolling stock.

Origin of consist

1520–30; < Latin consistere to stand together, stand firm, equivalent to con- con- + sistere to cause to stand, reduplicative v. akin to stāre to stand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for consisted

dwell, subsist, lie, be, repose, inhere, rest, abide

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verb (intr)
  1. (foll by of) to be composed (of); be formed (of)syrup consists of sugar and water
  2. (foll by in or of) to have its existence (in); lie (in); be expressed (by)his religion consists only in going to church
  3. to be compatible or consistent; accord

Word Origin for consist

C16: from Latin consistere to halt, stand firm, from sistere to stand, cause to stand; related to stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for consisted



1520s, from Middle French consister (14c.) or directly from Latin consistere "to stand firm, take a standing position, stop, halt," from com- "together" (see com-) + sistere "to place," causative of stare "to be standing" (see assist). Related: Consisted; consisting.

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