- To consist is defined as to be made up of.
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: Classical Latin consistere, to stand together ; from com-, together plush sistere, to place, causative of stare, to stand
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intransitive verb con·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: Latin cōnsistere, to stand still, to be composed of : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + sistere, to cause to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.