Consist definition

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To be made up or composed.

New York City consists of five boroughs.

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(intransitive) To be composed, formed, or made up of.

The greeting package consists of some brochures, a pen, and a notepad.

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To consist is defined as to be made up of.

An example of consist is when you have a library of legal books.

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(intransitive) To be comprised or contained in.
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(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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To have a basis; reside or lie.

The beauty of the artist's style consists in its simplicity.

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To be compatible; accord.

The information consists with her account.

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To be formed or composed (of)

Water consists of hydrogen and oxygen.

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To exist in harmony (with); be consistent (with)
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To be characterized (by something); have its existence (in)

Her “culture” consists merely in watching television.

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(archaic) To hold together or be held together; exist (usually by some means or agent)
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To be contained or inherent (in something) as a cause, effect, or characteristic.

Wisdom does not consist only in knowing facts.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
consist
Plural:
consists

Origin of consist

  • Latin cōnsistere to stand still, to be composed of com- intensive pref. com– sistere to cause to stand stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 Wiktionary

  • From consist (verb).

    From Wiktionary