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[v. kuh n-sist; n. kon-sist] /v. kənˈsɪst; n. ˈkɒn sɪst/
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.
  1. the rolling stock, exclusive of the locomotive, making up a train.
  2. 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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  • Its history consists of memories and stories of its past inhabitants and present visitors.
  • It consists of nested, hierarchical groups that get more and more narrow as you go down the taxonomic chain.
  • Basically, good fasting consists of walking a line between health-endangering practices on one side and mere form on the other.
  • Another video consists of a montage of dogs, cats, gerbils and other animals pacing around in cages.
  • And their grilled cheese consists of squeaky cheese and spices melted in a hoagie-roll panini, with gravy on the side.
  • One flow consists of raw sewage from kibbutzim in the area.
  • Most of what archaeologists have unearthed consists of items the victors failed to notice, or dropped as they looted.
  • The group consists mostly of city slickers, but they are clearly captivated by his presentation.
  • The colony now consists of six cats that are cared for by myself and my neighbor.
  • It consists of pages that, unlike ancient scrolls, are fastened or bound within covers.
British Dictionary definitions for consists


verb (intransitive)
(foll by of) to be composed (of); be formed (of): syrup consists of sugar and water
foll by in or of. to have its existence (in); lie (in); be expressed (by): his religion consists only in going to church
to be compatible or consistent; accord
Word Origin
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 and History for consists



1520s, from Middle French consister (14c.) or directly from Latin consistere "to stand firm, take a standing position, stop, halt," from com- "together" (see com-) + sistere "to place," causative of stare "to be standing" (see assist). Related: Consisted; consisting.

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