constitute

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɒnstɪtjuːt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɑnstɪt(j)uːt/
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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) To set up; to establish; to enact.
    • 1650, Jeremy Taylor, The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living
      Laws appointed and constituted by lawful authority.
  2. (transitive) To make up; to compose; to form.
    • 1779–81, Samuel Johnson, "Abraham Cowley" in Lives of the Most Eminent English Poet
      Truth and reason constitute that intellectual gold that defies destruction.
  3. (transitive) To appoint, depute, or elect to an office; to make and empower.

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Noun[edit]

constitute (plural constitutes)

  1. (obsolete) An established law.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for constitute in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

cōnstitūte

  1. vocative singular of cōnstitūtus

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Scots[edit]

Verb[edit]

constitute (third-person singular present constitutes, present participle constitutein, past constitutet, past participle constitutet)

  1. To constitute.