Constitute meaning

kŏn'stĭ-to͝ot', -tyo͝ot'
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.

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To appoint to an office, dignity, function, or task; designate.
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To be the elements or parts of; compose.

Copper and tin constitute bronze.

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To amount to; equal.
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To set up or establish according to law or provision.

A body that is duly constituted under the charter.

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To found (an institution, for example).
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To enact (a law or regulation).
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To set up (a law, government, institution, etc.); establish.
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To set up (an assembly, proceedings, etc.) in a legal or official form.
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To give a certain office or function to; appoint.

Our officially constituted spokesperson.

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To make up; be the components or elements of; form; compose.

Twelve people constitute a jury.

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To be actually as designated; meet the definition of or be tantamount to.

Such action constitutes a felony.

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To cause to stand; to establish; to enact.
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To make up; to compose; to form.
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To appoint, depute, or elect to an office; to make and empower.
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(obsolete) An established law.

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Origin of constitute

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