|Origin:||, past participle of constituere 'to set up, constitute', from com- ( COM-) + statuere 'to set up'|
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.