- The definition of constitute means to set up or to have the pieces of something.
An example of constitute is for a one room schoolhouse to be made up of students of all different ages.
transitive verbconstituted, constituting
- to set up (a law, government, institution, etc.); establish
- to set up (an assembly, proceedings, etc.) in a legal or official form
- to give a certain office or function to; appoint: our officially constituted spokesperson
- to make up; be the components or elements of; form; compose: twelve people constitute a jury
- to be actually as designated: such action constitutes a felony
Origin of constituteMiddle English constituten ; from Classical Latin constitutus, past participle of constituere, to set up, establish ; from com-, together + statuere, to set: see statue
transitive verbcon·sti·tut·ed, con·sti·tut·ing, con·sti·tutes
- a. To be the elements or parts of; compose: Copper and tin constitute bronze.b. To amount to; equal: “Rabies is transmitted through a bite; &ellipsis; patting a rabid animal in itself does not constitute exposure” (Malcolm W. Browne).
- a. To set up or establish according to law or provision: a body that is duly constituted under the charter.b. To found (an institution, for example).c. To enact (a law or regulation).
- To appoint to an office, dignity, function, or task; designate.
Origin of constituteMiddle English constituten, from Latin cōnstituere, cōnstitūt-, to set up : com-, com- + statuere, to set up; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
- con′sti·tut′er, con′sti·tu′tor
(third-person singular simple present constitutes, present participle constituting, simple past and past participle constituted)
- (obsolete) An established law.
From Latin constitutum, past participle of constituere. Constructed from the prefix con- and statuere (“to place, set”).