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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.
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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.
Translations of “constitute”
in Spanish constituir…
in French constituer…
in German bilden…
in Chinese (Traditional) 被視作, 是, 被看作,被視爲…
in Russian являться, представлять собой…
in Turkish oluşturmak, teşkil etmek, olmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 被视作, 是, 被看作,被视为…
in Polish stanowić…
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