consist

Almost always used with the preposition "of," the verb consist means to be made up of, or composed of something. A heated conversation might consist of only two words: "yes" and "no."

If you're talking about something that is made up of other things, consist is your word. A molecule consists of atoms and their bonds. Consist is often used in the past tense, so you're likely to hear it used in a sentence like "the game consisted of fourteen players and one stick." But you can use it in the present tense too. Grammar consists of many, many different rules, all of which are applied differently, depending on whether you're speaking or writing. The clubs all consist of singers, and singers only. If you play an instrument, look elsewhere, bud.

Definitions of consist
  1. verb
    have its essential character; be comprised or contained in; be embodied in
    “The payment consists in food”
    “What does love consist in?”
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    type of:
    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  2. verb
    be composed of
    “What does this dish consist of?”
    synonyms: comprise
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    type of:
    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  3. verb
    be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous
    “Desires are to be satisfied only so far as consists with an approved end”
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    agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
    be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
  4. verb
    originate (in)
    synonyms: dwell, lie, lie in
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    type of:
    be, exist
    have an existence, be extant
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