[ verb ] form or compose


"This money is my only income" "These constitute my entire belonging" "The children made up the chorus" "This sum represents my entire income for a year" "These few men comprise his entire army"

Used in print

(Chicago Daily Tribune...)

Mayer_Goldberg , attorney for election judges in the 58 th precinct of the 23 d ward , argued this procedure constituted intimidation .

He said this constituted a `` very serious misuse '' of the Criminal_court processes .

`` Actually , the abuse of the process may have constituted a contempt of the Criminal_court of Cook county , altho vindication of the authority of_that court is not the function of_this court '' , said Karns , who is a City judge in East St._Louis sitting in Cook_County court .

(William Gomberg, "Unions and the Anti-Trust Laws"...)

The court first ruled that the strike constituted only an indirect interference with commerce .

(The Atlanta Constitution,...)

High-speed buses on the George_Washington Memorial_Parkway , operating between downtown Washington and Cabin_John , Glen_Echo and Brookmont , would constitute an alluring sample of_what the new National_Capital Transportation_Agency can do for this city .

[ verb ] charge with a task or function


appoint name nominate


"appoint someone president" "nominate a committee"

Used in print

(John Hazard Wildman, "Take It Off," The Arizona...)

My mother constituted herself the voice of all_of us .

[ verb ] to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"


form make


"The branches made a roof" "This makes a fine introduction"

[ verb ] set up or lay the groundwork for


"establish a new department"