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English definition of “constitute”


verb [L only + noun, not continuous] (BE CONSIDERED AS)    /ˈkɒn.stɪ.tjuːt/ US  /ˈkɑːn.stɪ.tuːt/ formal
C1 to be or be considered as something: This latest defeat constitutes a major setback for the government .Existing and being
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