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verb formal constitute pronunciation in American English /ˈkɑnstɪˌtut/
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present tense
present participleconstituting
past tenseconstituted
past participleconstituted
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  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.

  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

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


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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