constitute

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin constitutum, past participle of constituere. Constructed from the prefix con- and statuere (to place, set).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɒnstɪtjuːt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɑnstɪt(j)uːt/
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VerbEdit

constitute (third-person singular simple present constitutes, present participle constituting, simple past and past participle constituted)

  1. (transitive) To set up; to establish; to enact.
    • (Can we date this quote by Jeremy Taylor and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Laws appointed and constituted by lawful authority.
  2. (transitive) To make up; to compose; to form.
    • (Can we date this quote by Johnson and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Truth and reason constitute that intellectual gold that defies destruction.
  3. (transitive) To appoint, depute, or elect to an office; to make and empower.
    • (Can we date this quote by William Wordsworth and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Me didst Thou constitute a priest of thine.

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NounEdit

constitute (plural constitutes)

  1. (obsolete) An established law.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for constitute in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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LatinEdit

NounEdit

cōnstitūte

  1. vocative singular of cōnstitūtus

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ScotsEdit

VerbEdit

constitute (third-person singular present constitutes, present participle constitutein, past constitutet, past participle constitutet)

  1. To constitute.