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phrasal verb [transitive] formal
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present tense
I/you/we/theyconsist in
he/she/itconsists in
present participleconsisting in
past tenseconsisted in
past participleconsisted in
  1. consist in something to have something as the most important aspect or the only aspect

    True strength does not consist in mere muscle.

    consist in doing something:

    His job apparently consisted in sitting behind a little table outside the Minister's office.

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