Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To be the elements or parts of; compose: Copper and tin constitute bronze.
  • transitive v. To amount to; equal: " Rabies is transmitted through a bite; . . . patting a rabid animal in itself does not constitute exposure” ( Malcolm W. Browne).
  • transitive v. To set up or establish according to law or provision: a body that is duly constituted under the charter.
  • transitive v. To found (an institution, for example).
  • transitive v. To enact (a law or regulation).
  • transitive v. To appoint to an office, dignity, function, or task; designate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cause to stand; to establish; to enact.
  • v. To make up; to compose; to form.
  • v. To appoint, depute, or elect to an office; to make and empower.
  • n. An established law.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cause to stand; to establish; to enact.
  • transitive v. To make up; to compose; to form.
  • transitive v. To appoint, depute, or elect to an office; to make and empower.
  • n. An established law.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To set; fix; establish.
  • To enter into the formation of, as a necessary part; make what it is; form; make.
  • To appoint, depute, or elect to an office or employment; make and empower: as, a sheriff is constituted a conservator of the peace; A has constituted B his attorney or agent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. set up or lay the groundwork for
  • v. to compose or represent:
  • v. create and charge with a task or function
  • v. form or compose

Etymologies

Middle English constituten, from Latin cōnstituere, cōnstitūt-, to set up : com-, com- + statuere, to set up; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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