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English definition of “constitute”

constitute

verb [T]     /ˈkɒnstɪtjuːt/
to be the parts that form something: Economy travellers constitute about 80% of the airline's business.
to be something, or to be considered as something: Giving feedback on individual salespersons always constitutes a challenge for sales management, because it is difficult to obtain a complete picture of a salesperson's performance. This latest development constitutes a major setback for the department. His behaviour could be interpreted as constituting a breach of contract.
to form a company, group, meeting, etc. in a way that is correct and legal: The district administration constituted a committee to review safety procedures. Power is conferred on the board by a majority vote at a properly constituted annual general meeting.
(Definition of constitute verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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