[v. kuhn-sist; n. kon-sist]
verb (used without object)
to be made up or composed (usually followed by of ): This cake consists mainly of sugar, flour, and butter.
to be comprised or contained (usually followed by in ): Her charm does not consist only in her beauty.
Archaic. to exist together or be capable of existing together.
Obsolete. to insist; urge.
the rolling stock, exclusive of the locomotive, making up a train.
a record made of this rolling stock.

1520–30; < Latin consistere to stand together, stand firm, equivalent to con- con- + sistere to cause to stand, reduplicative v. akin to stāre to stand Unabridged
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consist (kənˈsɪst)
vb (foll by in or of)
1.  (foll by of) to be composed (of); be formed (of): syrup consists of sugar and water
2.  to have its existence (in); lie (in); be expressed (by): his religion consists only in going to church
3.  to be compatible or consistent; accord
[C16: from Latin consistere to halt, stand firm, from sistere to stand, cause to stand; related to stāre to stand]

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Word Origin & History

1520s, from L. consistere "to stand firm," from com- "together" + sistere "to place," causative of stare "to be standing" (see assist). Consistory "meeting place" is from c.1320.
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