[kon-sti-toot, -tyoot]
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.

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

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.
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constitute (ˈkɒnstɪˌtjuːt)
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.  obsolete law to set up or enact (a law)
[C15: from Latin constituere, from com- (intensive) + statuere to place]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., verb use of adjective, "made up, formed" (14c.), from L. constitutus "arranged, settled," pp. adj. from constituere "to cause to stand, set up, fix, place, establish;" of persons, "to appoint to an office; to establish, to form something new, to decide," from com- intensive prefix + statuere
"to set" (see statue).
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