verb (used with object), con·sti·tut·ed, con·sti·tut·ing.
Origin of constitute
Synonyms for constitute
Examples from the Web for self-constituting
Historical Examples of self-constituting
Self-constituting themselves "Liberators," they regarded each slave as already enrolled in their service.John Brown, Soldier of Fortune
Hill Peebles Wilson
Word Origin 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.