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[kon-sti-toot, -tyoot] /ˈkɒn stɪˌtut, -ˌtyut/
verb (used with object), constituted, constituting.
to compose; form:
mortar constituted of lime and sand.
to appoint to an office or function; make or create:
He was constituted treasurer.
to establish (laws, an institution, etc.).
to give legal form to (an assembly, court, etc.).
to create or be tantamount to:
Imports constitute a challenge to local goods.
Archaic. to set or place.
Origin of constitute
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin constitūtus (past participle of constituere; see constituent), equivalent to con- con- + -stitūtus, combining form of statūtum, past participle of statuere to set up. See statute
Related forms
constituter, constitutor, noun
nonconstituted, adjective
preconstitute, verb (used with object), preconstituted, preconstituting.
self-constituted, adjective
self-constituting, adjective
unconstituted, adjective
well-constituted, adjective
3. institute, commission. Unabridged
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  • This, with the bread, of which we were on this trip the happy possessors, constituted our meals.

    By Canoe and Dog-Train Egerton Ryerson Young
  • For an hour he worked with the brainless things that constituted his party.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • To Father Ortega, that which constituted the Family was a reverence and love for tradition, reverence and love for the past.

    Froth Armando Palacio Valds
  • What was the peculiarity about the mine which constituted its recommendation to investors?

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • Each State was constituted a separate unit and each governor was charged with the execution of the law in his State.

British Dictionary definitions for constituted


verb (transitive)
to make up; form; compose: the people who constitute a jury
to appoint to an office or function: a legally constituted officer
to set up (a school or other institution) formally; found
(law) to give legal form to (a court, assembly, etc)
(law, obsolete) to set up or enact (a law)
Derived Forms
constituter, constitutor, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin constituere, from com- (intensive) + statuere to place
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Word Origin and History for constituted



mid-15c., verb use of adjective constitute, "made up, formed" (late 14c.), from Latin constitutus "arranged, settled," past participle adjective from constituere "to cause to stand, set up, fix, place, establish, set in order; form something new; resolve," of persons, "to appoint to an office," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + statuere "to set," from PIE root *sta- "to stand," with derivatives meaning "place or thing that is standing" (see stet). Related: Constituted; constituting.

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