- 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
- 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 unconstituted
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.