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.
- con·sti·tut·er, con·sti·tu·tor, noun
- non·con·sti·tut·ed, adjective
- pre·con·sti·tute, verb (used with object), pre·con·sti·tut·ed, pre·con·sti·tut·ing.
- self-con·sti·tut·ed, adjective
- self-con·sti·tut·ing, adjective
- un·con·sti·tut·ed, adjective
- well-con·sti·tut·ed, adjective
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How to use constitute in a sentence
Once-tight siblings I know now feel distant and guarded, their worldviews suddenly so opposed that they can’t even agree on what constitutes a fact.Politics and conspiracy theories are fracturing relationships. Here’s how to grieve those broken bonds. | Jeff Schrum | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Besides, it’s not really on you to determine what constitutes damage in this case.
Rodriguez-Kennedy and Schumacher said they thought soliciting those desired appointments could constitute a Brown Act violation.
There may be Republicans who’d like to vote to convict if the vote were conducted in private, but it is almost certainly not a group that constitutes 31 of the 50 Republicans in the Senate.Why a secret impeachment vote isn’t going to happen | Philip Bump | January 26, 2021 | Washington Post
A group of parents sued the West Ada teachers union, claiming that the walk-out constituted an illegal strike and that it caused undue emotional and financial stress on families.The Challenges Posed By COVID-19 Pushed Many Workers to Strike. Will the Labor Movement See Sustained Interest? | Abigail Abrams | January 17, 2021 | Time
No longer does it constitute a reliable, middle class-based alternative to the corporatist mindset of the Republicans.
Kim Jung-un clearly recognizes that Hollywood and American popular culture in general constitute a dire threat.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel | Michael Daly | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The reviews in themselves constitute a demonstration of why the regime restricts the Internet.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel | Michael Daly | December 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Under that definition, forced kissing can certainly constitute as a form of sexual assault.
This will constitute a major victory for the forces of light, one very much worth marking and thinking back over.
We can thus disregard the first 16 and consider only the last two figures which constitute the fraction of a century.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Cherry-tree stems, under the name of agriots, constitute a specialty of Austrian manufacture.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
In myelogenous leukemia myelocytes usually constitute more than 20 per cent.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
The blessings of time and eternity constitute the part of the promise offered to believers, through Christ.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
In the preceding chapter we have endeavoured to solve the question what are the qualities that constitute good tone.Violins and Violin Makers | Joseph Pearce
British Dictionary definitions for constitute
to make up; form; compose: the people who constitute a jury
to appoint to an office or function: a 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)
- constituter or constitutor, noun
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