constitute
con·sti·tute /'kän-stə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt/ vt
1: to appoint to an office or function
those who are constituted heirs or named legateesLouisiana Civil Code
legal authority constitute s all magistrates
2: establish found
to constitute tribunals inferior to the supreme CourtU.S. Constitution art. I
3 a: to put (as an agreement) into required form
b: to qualify as
a letter can constitute a will — W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.
failure to act may constitute negligence
c: to form the substance or whole of
the bonds constituted the entire estate

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

constitute
I (compose) verb be a feature, be inherent, be part of, belong, belong intrinsically, classify as, componere, comprise, consist of, contain, create, efficere, embody, embrace, encompass, form, include, incorporate, inhere in, involve, make up, produce, put together II (establish) verb bring about, bring about by legislation, charter, codify, commission, constituere, create, create by law, declare lawful, decree, designare, determine, develop, devise, effect, effect by legislation, effectuate, empower, enact, endorse, engender, formulate, formulate by law, give legal form to, inaugurate, install, institute, invest, legalize, legislate, legitimate, legitimatize, legitimize, license, make legal, ordain, organize, originate, pass, prescribe, prescribe by law, put in force, sanction, set up, statuere, validate associated concepts: constitute a cause of action, constitute a crime, constitute a fraud, constitute an obstruction foreign phrases:
- Eodem modo quo quid constituitur, eodem modo destruitur. — A thing is discharged in the same way in which it was created
III index comprehend (include), comprise, consist, create, embody, establish (launch), frame (construct), make, nominate

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


constitute
To comprise or put together. That which is duly constituted is properly made up and formally correct and valid.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


constitute
To comprise or put together. That which is duly constituted is properly made up and formally correct and valid.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • Constitute — Con sti*tute (k[o^]n st[ict]*t[=u]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Constituted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Constituting}.] [L. constitutus, p. p. of constiture to constitute; con + statuere to place, set, fr. status station, fr. stare to stand. See {Stand}.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • constitute — UK US /ˈkɒnstɪtjuːt/ verb [T] ► to be the parts that form something: »Economy travellers constitute about 80% of the airline s business. ► to be something, or to be considered as something: »Giving feedback on individual salespersons always… …   Financial and business terms

  • constitute — mid 15c., verb use of adjective constitute, made up, formed (late 14c.), from L. constitutus arranged, settled, pp. adj. from constituere to cause to stand, set up, fix, place, establish, set in order; form something new; resolve, of persons, to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • constitute — [v1] comprise, form aggregate, complement, complete, compose, compound, construct, cook up*, create, develop, dream up*, embody, enact, establish, fill out, fix, flesh out*, found, frame, fudge together*, incorporate, integrate, make, make up,… …   New thesaurus

  • constitute — [kän′stə to͞ot΄, kän′stətyo͞ot΄] vt. constituted, constituting [ME constituten < L constitutus, pp. of constituere, to set up, establish < com , together + statuere, to set: see STATUE] 1. to set up (a law, government, institution, etc.);… …   English World dictionary

  • Constitute — Con sti*tute (k[o^]n st[ict]*t[=u]t), n. An established law. [Obs.] T. Preston. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • constitute — ► VERB 1) be (a part) of a whole. 2) be or be equivalent to. 3) (usu. be constituted) establish by law. ORIGIN Latin constituere establish, appoint , from statuere set up …   English terms dictionary

  • constitute */*/ — UK [ˈkɒnstɪˌtjuːt] / US [ˈkɑnstɪˌtut] verb Word forms constitute : present tense I/you/we/they constitute he/she/it constitutes present participle constituting past tense constituted past participle constituted formal 1) [linking verb] if several …   English dictionary

  • constitute — transitive verb ( tuted; tuting) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin constitutus, past participle of constituere to set up, constitute, from com + statuere to set more at statute Date: 15th century 1. to appoint to an office, function, or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • constitute — 01. In an election 51% of the vote [constitutes] a majority. 02. It is sometimes difficult to decide what [constitutes] abuse when discussing the discipline of children. 03. The native American population [constitutes] a small but important part… …   Grammatical examples in English

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