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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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