Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

constitute - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb formal     constitute pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleconstituting
past tenseconstituted
past participleconstituted
  1. 1
    [linking verb] if several people or things constitute something, they combine to form it

    one of the countries that constitute the European Union

  2. 2
    [linking verb] if something constitutes something else, it is considered to be that thing

    This letter does not constitute an offer of employment.

  3. 3
    [transitive] [usually passive] to formally establish an organization, institution, government etc and give it the authority to operate
quiz invitation


a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play