[verb kuh n-sist; noun kon-sist]
- 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.
Origin of consist
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The banks of the river were steep, and consisted of soft clay.
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- (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
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
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