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constitute

[kon-sti-toot, -tyoot] /ˈkɒn stɪˌtut, -ˌtyut/
verb (used with object), constituted, constituting.
1.
to compose; form:
mortar constituted of lime and sand.
2.
to appoint to an office or function; make or create:
He was constituted treasurer.
3.
to establish (laws, an institution, etc.).
4.
to give legal form to (an assembly, court, etc.).
5.
to create or be tantamount to:
Imports constitute a challenge to local goods.
6.
Archaic. to set or place.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
Synonyms
3. institute, commission.
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constitute

/ˈkɒnstɪˌtjuːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make up; form; compose: the people who constitute a jury
2.
to appoint to an office or function: a legally constituted officer
3.
to set up (a school or other institution) formally; found
4.
(law) to give legal form to (a court, assembly, etc)
5.
(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 un constituted

constitute

v.

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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