[<< wiktionary] constitute
== English ==


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


=== Pronunciation ===
(UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɒnstɪtjuːt/
(US) IPA(key): /ˈkɑnstɪt(j)uːt/


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

(transitive) To set up; to establish; to enact.
1650, Jeremy Taylor, The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living
Laws appointed and constituted by lawful authority.
(transitive) To make up; to compose; to form.
1779–81, Samuel Johnson, "Abraham Cowley" in Lives of the Most Eminent English Poet
Truth and reason constitute that intellectual gold that defies destruction.
(transitive) To appoint, depute, or elect to an office; to make and empower.
1814, William Wordsworth, The Excursion
Me didst Thou constitute a priest of thine.


==== Synonyms ====
(set up): establish, enact
(make up): make up, compose, form; see also Thesaurus:compose
(appoint):


==== Related terms ====
constituent
constituency
constitution
constitutional
constitutionalization
constitutive


==== Translations ====


=== Noun ===
constitute (plural constitutes)

(obsolete) An established law.
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==== Further reading ====
constitute in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
constitute in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.


== Latin ==


=== Noun ===
cōnstitūte

vocative singular of cōnstitūtus


=== References ===
constitute in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)


== Scots ==


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

To constitute.