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CONSTITUTE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does constitute mean? 

CONSTITUTE (verb)
  The verb CONSTITUTE has 4 senses:

1. form or compose
2. create and charge with a task or function
3. to compose or represent:
4. set up or lay the groundwork for

  Familiarity information: CONSTITUTE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONSTITUTE (verb)


Sense 1constitute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Form or compose

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

constitute; make up; comprise; be; represent

Context examples:

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

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "constitute"):

supplement (serve as a supplement to)

pose; present (introduce)

fall into; fall under (be included in or classified as)

range; straddle (range or extend over; occupy a certain area)

constitute; form; make (to compose or represent:)

compose (form the substance of)

make (constitute the essence of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2constitute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Create and charge with a task or function

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

appoint; constitute; nominate; name

Context example:

nominate a committee

Hypernyms (to "constitute" is one way to...):

constitute; establish; found; institute; plant (set up or lay the groundwork for)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "constitute"):

pack (set up a committee or legislative body with one's own supporters so as to influence the outcome)

co-opt (appoint summarily or commandeer)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3constitute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To compose or represent:

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

form; constitute; make

Context examples:

This wall forms the background of the stage setting / The branches made a roof / This makes a fine introduction

Hypernyms (to "constitute" is one way to...):

be; comprise; constitute; make up; represent (form or compose)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "constitute"):

chelate (form a chelate, in chemistry)

add (constitute an addition)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 4constitute [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Set up or lay the groundwork for

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

institute; establish; found; plant; constitute

Context example:

establish a new department

Hypernyms (to "constitute" is one way to...):

initiate; pioneer (take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "constitute"):

fix (set or place definitely)

appoint; constitute; name; nominate (create and charge with a task or function)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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