Definitions for: Constitute

[v] set up or lay the groundwork for; "establish a new department"
[v] charge with a task or function; "appoint someone president"; "nominate a committee"
[v] form or compose; "This money is my only income"; "The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance"; "These constitute my entire belonging"; "The children made up the chorus"; "This sum represents my entire income for a year"; "These few men comprise his entire army"
[v] to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"; "The branches made a roof"; "This makes a fine introduction"

Webster (1913) Definition: Con"sti*tute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Constituted; p.
pr. & vb. n. Constituting.] [L. constitutus, p. p. of
constiture to constitute; con- + statuere to place, set, fr.
status station, fr. stare to stand. See Stand.]
1. To cause to stand; to establish; to enact.

Laws appointed and constituted by lawful authority.
--Jer. Taylor.

2. To make up; to compose; to form.

Truth and reason constitute that intellectual gold
that defies destruction. --Johnson.

3. To appoint, depute, or elect to an office; to make and

Me didst Thou constitute a priest of thine.

Constituted authorities, the officers of government,
collectively, as of a nation, city, town, etc. --Bartlett.

Con"sti*tute, n.
An established law. [Obs.] --T. Preston.

Synonyms: appoint, be, comprise, establish, found, institute, make up, name, nominate, plant, represent

See Also: add, appoint, chelate, compose, conglobate, conglobe, constellate, constitute, constitute, constitute, co-opt, establish, fall into, fall under, fix, form, found, initiate, institute, make, name, nominate, pack, pioneer, plant, pose, present, range, straddle, supplement

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