constitute

To constitute is to make up a whole from smaller parts, or "constituents." "What constitutes a family?" means "What makes up a family?"

Parents, kids, pets, and other family members constitute most people's idea of a family. The Constitution tells us what our country is all about and supposed to be made of — in other words, what constitutes the United States. This word can deal with the present or the future. The items listed in a recipe constitute what will be in a cake; later, the individual ingredients constitute the cake. Eleven players constitute a football team on the field. We can even say that abstract qualities are constituted. For example, some people think wearing sunglasses constitutes coolness. Since everything in the world is made up of other things, there's a lot of constituting going on.

Definitions of constitute
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v form or compose

“These constitute my entire belonging”
Synonyms:
be, comprise, make up, represent
Types:
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make
constitute the essence of
compose
form the substance of
form, make
to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"
range, straddle
range or extend over; occupy a certain area
fall into, fall under
be included in or classified as
pose, present
introduce
supplement
serve as a supplement to
chelate
form a chelate, in chemistry
spread-eagle
stretch over
add
constitute an addition

v to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"

Synonyms:
form, make
Types:
chelate
form a chelate, in chemistry
add
constitute an addition
Type of:
be, comprise, make up, represent
form or compose

v create and charge with a task or function

Synonyms:
appoint, name, nominate
Types:
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
Type of:
establish, found, institute, plant
set up or lay the groundwork for

v set up or lay the groundwork for

Synonyms:
establish, found, institute, plant
Types:
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fix
set or place definitely
appoint, name, nominate
create and charge with a task or function
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
Type of:
initiate, pioneer
take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

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