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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of constituere 'to set up, constitute', from com- ( COM-) + statuere 'to set up'

constitute

verb
     
con‧sti‧tute W3
1 [linking verb, not in progressive] to be considered to be something:
Failing to complete the work constitutes a breach of the employment contract.
The rise in crime constitutes a threat to society.
2 [linking verb, not in progressive] if several people or things constitute something, they are the parts that form it:
We must redefine what constitutes a family.
3 [transitive usually in passive] formal to officially form a group or organization:
The Federation was constituted in 1949.

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