Meaning of “constitute” in the English Dictionary

"constitute" in British English

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uk /ˈkɒn.stɪ.tʃuːt/ us /ˈkɑːn.stə.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 Democrats.

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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.

(Definition of “constitute” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"constitute" in American English

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constituteverb [ L ]

us /ˈkɑn·stɪˌtut/

constitute verb [ L ] (BE CONSIDERED AS)

to be or be considered as:

The president said that these policies constitute a threat to the United States.

constitute verb [ L ] (BE PART)

to form or make (something); equal:

Asians constitute seven percent of the population in this county.

(Definition of “constitute” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"constitute" in Business English

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constituteverb [ T ]

uk /ˈkɒnstɪtjuːt/ us

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:

Power is conferred on the board by a majority vote at a properly constituted annual general meeting.

(Definition of “constitute” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)