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