[ verb kuhn-sist; noun kon-sist ]
See synonyms for: consistconsistedconsistingconsists on

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.

  1. Archaic. to exist together or be capable of existing together.

  2. Obsolete. to insist; urge.

  1. Railroads.

    • the rolling stock, exclusive of the locomotive, making up a train.

    • a record made of this rolling stock.

Origin of consist

First recorded in 1520–30; from Latin consistere “to stand together, stand firm,” from con- con- + sistere “to stand, cause to stand”; see also stand, stasis, status Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use consist in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for consist


/ (kənˈsɪst) /

  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

  1. to be compatible or consistent; accord

Origin of 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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