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English verb: constitute

1. constitute (stative) form or compose


SamplesThis money is my only income.
The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance.
These constitute my entire belonging.
The children made up the chorus.
This sum represents my entire income for a year.
These few men comprise his entire army.


Synonymsbe, comprise, make up, represent


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)compose, constitute, fall into, fall under, form, make, make, pose, present, range, straddle, supplement

2. constitute (social) create and charge with a task or function


SamplesNominate a committee.


Synonymsappoint, name, nominate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)constitute, establish, found, institute, plant


Narrower (hyponym)co-opt, pack

3. constitute (stative) to compose or represent:


SamplesThis wall forms the background of the stage setting.
The branches made a roof.
This makes a fine introduction.


Synonymsform, make


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be, comprise, constitute, make up, represent


Narrower (hyponym)add, chelate

4. constitute (creation) set up or lay the groundwork for


SamplesEstablish a new department.


Synonymsestablish, found, institute, plant


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)initiate, pioneer


Narrower (hyponym)appoint, constitute, fix, name, nominate









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