AskDefine | Define constitute

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1 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" [syn: represent, make up, comprise, be]
2 create and charge with a task or function; "nominate a committee" [syn: appoint, name, nominate]
3 to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"; "The branches made a roof"; "This makes a fine introduction" [syn: form, make]
4 set up or lay the groundwork for; "establish a new department" [syn: establish, found, plant, institute]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To cause to stand; to establish; to enact.
  2. To make up; to compose; to form.
  3. To appoint, depute, or elect to an office; to make and empower.


to cause to stand; to establish; to enact
to make up; to compose; to form
to appoint, depute, or elect to an office; to make and empower

Usage notes

  • (to enact)
Laws appointed and constituted by lawful authority.--Jer. Taylor.
  • (make up)
Truth and reason constitute that intellectual gold that defies destruction.--Johnson.
  • (to appoint)
Me didst Thou constitute a priest of thine.-- Wordsworth.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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