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English definition of “constitute”

constitute

verb uk   /ˈkɒn.stɪ.tjuːt/ us    /ˈkɑːn.stɪ.tuːt/

constitute verb (BE CONSIDERED AS)

C1 [L only + noun, not continuous] formal to be or be considered as something: This latest defeat constitutes a major setback for the government.

constitute verb (FORM PART OF)

C1 [L not continuous] to form or make something: Women constitute about ten percent of Parliament. The under-18s constitute nearly 25 percent of the town's population.
(Definition of constitute from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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