constitute - definition and synonyms

 
 
verb formal 

Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 audio

/ˈkɒnstɪˌtjuːt/
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.

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