- 1Be (a part) of a whole: lone parents constitute a great proportion of the poorMore example sentences
- Recall is more accurate when fish consumption constitutes a larger proportion of the diet and when recall is requested over a short and definite period.
- To be sure, change was gradual, and some exhibited strong anger, but these women appear to have been more retrained and they constituted a smaller proportion of the suspects.
- Europe was increasingly concentrating power into the hands of elite groups, who constituted a very small proportion of the total population.
- 1.1Combine to form (a whole): there were enough members present to constitute a quorumMore example sentences
- Like the Taj, the garden elements follow the Arabesque concept, standing on their own and constituting the whole.
- The whole gamut of man's activities today constitutes an indivisible whole.
- There is, as a consequence, some repetition and little sense that the eleven articles constitute a coherent whole.
- 1.2Be or be equivalent to (something): his failure to act constituted a breach of dutyMore example sentences
- The cynicism of this act constitutes a serious breach of faith.
- This act constitutes industries' essential contribution to society.
- The act of clarifying alerts town residents to the dangers of violating the act and therefore itself constitutes a form of warning.
- 2Give legal or constitutional form to (an institution); establish by law: the superior courts were constituted by the Judicature Acts 1873-5More example sentences
- The Tribunal is specially constituted to make such decisions and they did not give rise to a question of law.
- The statute constituting the Court of Appeal treats interlocutory appeals as being in a lower category than final appeals; the appeal may be heard by two Lords Justices instead of by three.
- You have been sitting here in Court, and you have seen the way the Court is constituted, and that is done under the Judiciary Act.
late Middle English: from Latin constitut- 'established, appointed', from the verb constituere, from con- 'together' + statuere 'set up'.