Did you know?

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

constitute

 - definition
 
 
Close

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.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb formal British English pronunciation: constitute /ˈkɒnstɪˌtjuːt/ 
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyconstitute
he/she/itconstitutes
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.

    The invasion constitutes a clear violation of our sovereignty.

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

bottom line

the amount of money that a business makes or loses

Open Dictionary

dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

add a word

Blog

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