constitute

constitute
con|sti|tute
W3 [ˈkɔnstıtju:t US ˈka:nstıtu:t] v
[Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of constituere 'to set up, constitute', from com- ( COM-) + statuere 'to set up']
1.) [linking verb, not in progressive]
to be considered to be something
Failing to complete the work constitutes a breach of the employment contract.
The rise in crime constitutes a threat to society.
2.) [linking verb, not in progressive]
if several people or things constitute something, they are the parts that form it
We must redefine what constitutes a family.
3.) [T usually in passive] formal
to officially form a group or organization
The Federation was constituted in 1949.

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  • constitute — UK US /ˈkɒnstɪtjuːt/ verb [T] ► to be the parts that form something: »Economy travellers constitute about 80% of the airline s business. ► to be something, or to be considered as something: »Giving feedback on individual salespersons always… …   Financial and business terms

  • constitute — mid 15c., verb use of adjective constitute, made up, formed (late 14c.), from L. constitutus arranged, settled, pp. adj. from constituere to cause to stand, set up, fix, place, establish, set in order; form something new; resolve, of persons, to… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • constitute — [kän′stə to͞ot΄, kän′stətyo͞ot΄] vt. constituted, constituting [ME constituten < L constitutus, pp. of constituere, to set up, establish < com , together + statuere, to set: see STATUE] 1. to set up (a law, government, institution, etc.);… …   English World dictionary

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  • constitute — ► VERB 1) be (a part) of a whole. 2) be or be equivalent to. 3) (usu. be constituted) establish by law. ORIGIN Latin constituere establish, appoint , from statuere set up …   English terms dictionary

  • constitute */*/ — UK [ˈkɒnstɪˌtjuːt] / US [ˈkɑnstɪˌtut] verb Word forms constitute : present tense I/you/we/they constitute he/she/it constitutes present participle constituting past tense constituted past participle constituted formal 1) [linking verb] if several …   English dictionary

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