Twelve people constitute a jury.
Our officially constituted spokesperson.
Such action constitutes a felony.
Copper and tin constitute bronze.
A body that is duly constituted under the charter.
An example of constitute is for a one room schoolhouse to be made up of students of all different ages.
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”).