con·sti·tute /ˈkɑn(t)stəˌtut, ˌtjut/
Con·sti·tute n. An established law. [Obs.]
Con·sti·tute v. t. [imp. & p. p. Constituted; p. pr. & vb. n. Constituting.]
1. To cause to stand; to establish; to enact.
Laws appointed and constituted by lawful authority. --Jer. Taylor.
2. To make up; to compose; to form.
Truth and reason constitute that intellectual gold that defies destruction. --Johnson.
3. To appoint, depute, or elect to an office; to make and empower.
Me didst Thou constitute a priest of thine. --Wordsworth.
Constituted authorities, the officers of government, collectively, as of a nation, city, town, etc.
v 1: form or compose; "This 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" [syn: represent,
make up, comprise, be]
2: create and charge with a task or function; "nominate a
committee" [syn: appoint, name, nominate]
3: to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of
the stage setting"; "The branches made a roof"; "This
makes a fine introduction" [syn: form, make]
4: set up or lay the groundwork for; "establish a new
department" [syn: establish, found, plant, institute]