An example of consist is when you have a library of legal books.
- to be formed or composed (of): water consists of hydrogen and oxygen
- to be contained or inherent (in something) as a cause, effect, or characteristic: wisdom does not consist only in knowing facts
- to exist in harmony (with); be consistent (with)
- to be characterized (by something); have its existence (in): her “culture” consists merely in watching television
- Archaic to hold together or be held together; exist (usually by some means or agent)
Origin of consistClassical Latin consistere, to stand together from com-, together + sistere, to place, causative of stare, to stand
intransitive verbcon·sist·ed, con·sist·ing, con·sists
- To be made up or composed: New York City consists of five boroughs. See Usage Note at include.
- To have a basis; reside or lie: The beauty of the artist's style consists in its simplicity.
- To be compatible; accord: The information consists with her account.
Origin of consistLatin cōnsistere to stand still, to be composed of com- intensive pref. ; see com- . sistere to cause to stand ; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present consists, present participle consisting, simple past and past participle consisted)
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”).
From consist (verb).