Constitute Definition

kŏnstĭ-to͝ot, -tyo͝ot
constituted, constitutes, constituting
constituted, constitutes, constituting
To set up (a law, government, institution, etc.); establish.
Webster's New World
To set up (an assembly, proceedings, etc.) in a legal or official form.
Webster's New World
To amount to; equal.
American Heritage
To make up; be the components or elements of; form; compose.
Twelve people constitute a jury.
Webster's New World
To found (an institution, for example).
American Heritage

(obsolete) An established law.


Origin of Constitute

  • Middle English constituten from Latin cōnstituere cōnstitūt- to set up com- com- statuere to set up stā- in Indo-European roots

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

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

    From Wiktionary

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