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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle French consister, from Latin consistō (stand together, stop, become hard or solid, agree with, continue, exist), from com- (together) + sistō (I cause to stand, stand).



consist (third-person singular simple present consists, present participle consisting, simple past and past participle consisted)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To exist, to be.
    • , II.15:
      Why doe they cover with so many lets, one over another, those parts where chiefly consisteth [transl. loge] our pleasure and theirs?
    • Alexander Pope
      [Homer] allows their characters such esteemable qualities as could consist, and in truth generally do, with tender frailties.
  2. (intransitive) To be comprised or contained in.
  3. (intransitive) To be composed, formed, or made up of.
    The greeting package consists of some brochures, a pen, and a notepad.
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 6, in Lord Stranleigh Abroad:
      The men resided in a huge bunk house, which consisted of one room only, with a shack outside where the cooking was done. In the large room were a dozen bunks ; half of them in a very dishevelled state, [].
    • 2013 July 19, Timothy Garton Ash, “Where Dr Pangloss meets Machiavelli”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 18:
      Hidden behind thickets of acronyms and gorse bushes of detail, a new great game is under way across the globe. Some call it geoeconomics, but it's geopolitics too. The current power play consists of an extraordinary range of countries simultaneously sitting down to negotiate big free trade and investment agreements.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From consist (verb).



consist (plural consists)

  1. (rail transport) A lineup or sequence of railroad carriages or cars, with or without a locomotive, that form a unit.
    The train's consist included a baggage car, four passenger cars, and a diner.

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