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verb formal American English pronunciation: constitute /ˈkɑnstɪˌtut/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyconstitute
he/she/itconstitutes
present participleconstituting
past tenseconstituted
past participleconstituted
  1. 1
    [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.

  2. 2
    [linking verb] if several people or things constitute something, they combine to form it

    one of the countries that constitute the European Union

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