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constitute

Definition of constitute

Etymology

    From Latin constitutum, past participle of constituere. Constructed from the prefix con- and statuere ("to place, set").

Verb

to constitute (third-person singular simple present constitutes, present participle constituting, simple past and past participle constituted)

  1. To cause to stand; to establish; to enact.

    Laws appointed and constituted by lawful authority.-- Jeremy Taylor.

  2. To make up; to compose; to form.

    Truth and reason constitute that intellectual gold that defies destruction.--Johnson.

  3. To appoint, depute, or elect to an office; to make and empower.

    Me didst Thou constitute a priest of thine.-- William Wordsworth.

Synonyms

  • establish, enact
  • make up, compose, form

Related terms

References:

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