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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: consistere 'to stand still or firm, exist', from com- ( COM-) + sistere 'to stand'

consist

verb
     
con‧sist W3

consist in something

phrasal verb
to be based on or depend on something:
Happiness does not consist in how many possessions you own.

consist of something

phrasal verb
to be formed from two or more things or people:
The buffet consisted of several different Indian dishes.
consist mainly/largely/primarily of somebody/something
The audience consisted mainly of teenagers.
consist entirely/solely of somebody/something
The area does not consist entirely of rich people, despite popular belief.

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