- 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.
Origin of constitute
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Examples from the Web for constitute
No longer does it constitute a reliable, middle class-based alternative to the corporatist mindset of the Republicans.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
This will constitute a major victory for the forces of light, one very much worth marking and thinking back over.Who Are the Judicial Activists Now?
October 7, 2014
Illegal immigrants also constitute at least 14 percent of the construction industry.Careful What You Wish For: Here’s What California Would Look Like Without Illegal Immigrants
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
September 18, 2014
Eye movements tracked in this test are involuntary, so they constitute a sound physiological marker of ADHD.How to Tell When a Scientific Study Is Total B.S.
August 22, 2014
While 10 women do not constitute a comprehensive survey, the responses are striking nonetheless.The Pill Is More Than Birth Control
July 29, 2014
They will constitute one of the most striking pages in the history of our times.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
What need we then to constitute a court, except a fool and a laureate?Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
The Vaisyas, who constitute the third caste, issued from Brahma's belly.The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ
But such abuses do not constitute promiscuity, as Lubbock maintains.
In fact, in such a social state, polygyny can only constitute an exception.
- to make up; form; composethe people who constitute a jury
- to appoint to an office or functiona 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)
Word Origin and History for constitute
mid-15c., verb use of adjective constitute, "made up, formed" (late 14c.), from Latin constitutus "arranged, settled," past participle adjective from constituere "to cause to stand, set up, fix, place, establish, set in order; form something new; resolve," of persons, "to appoint to an office," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + statuere "to set," from PIE root *sta- "to stand," with derivatives meaning "place or thing that is standing" (see stet). Related: Constituted; constituting.