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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·sist /kənˈsɪst/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·sist v. i. [imp. & p. p. Consisted; p. pr. & vb. n. Consisting.]
 1. To stand firm; to be in a fixed or permanent state, as a body composed of parts in union or connection; to hold together; to be; to exist; to subsist; to be supported and maintained.
    He is before all things, and by him all things consist.   --Col. i. 17.
 2. To be composed or made up; -- followed by of.
    The land would consist of plains and valleys.   --T. Burnet.
 3. To have as its substance or character, or as its foundation; to be; -- followed by in.
    If their purgation did consist in words.   --Shak.
    A man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.   --Luke xii. 15.
 4. To be consistent or harmonious; to be in accordance; -- formerly used absolutely, now followed by with.
    This was a consisting story.   --Bp. Burnet.
    Health consists with temperance alone.   --Pope.
 For orders and degrees
 Jar not with liberty, but well consist.   --Milton.
 5. To insist; -- followed by on. [Obs.]
 Syn: -- To Consist, Consist of, Consist in.
 Usage: The verb consist is employed chiefly for two purposes, which are marked and distinguished by the prepositions used. When we wish to indicate the parts which unite to compose a thing, we use of; as when we say, “Macaulay's Miscellanies consist chiefly of articles which were first published in the Edinburgh Review.” When we wish to indicate the true nature of a thing, or that on which it depends, we use in; as, “There are some artists whose skill consists in a certain manner which they have affected.” “Our safety consists in a strict adherence to duty.”

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: originate (in); "The problems dwell in the social injustices
           in this country" [syn: dwell, lie, belong, lie in]
      2: have its essential character; be comprised or contained in;
         be embodied in; "The payment consists in food"; "What does
         love consist in?"
      3: be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous;
         "Desires are to be satisfied only so far as consists with
         an approved end"
      4: be composed of; "The land he conquered comprised several
         provinces"; "What does this dish consist of?" [syn: comprise]