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
  1. verb
    form or compose
    “These constitute my entire belonging”
    synonyms: be, comprise, make up, represent
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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
  2. verb
    compose or represent
    synonyms: form, make
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    chelate
    form a chelate, in chemistry
    add
    constitute an addition
    type of:
    be, comprise, make up, represent
    form or compose
  3. verb
    create and charge with a task or function
    synonyms: appoint, name, nominate
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    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
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    establish, found, institute, plant
    set up or lay the groundwork for
  4. verb
    set up or lay the groundwork for
    synonyms: establish, found, institute, plant
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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
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    initiate, pioneer
    take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of
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